Oklahoma Driver’s License Will Not Be Accepted at Airports Soon
Recent political issues in Oklahoma mean the state will not meet the compliance deadline for the Real ID Act.
The Real ID Act was created to improve the reliability of state-issued IDs in an attempt to prevent potential terrorists from getting forgeries. IDs that are compliant with the Real ID Act will be necessary to board any flights under the new regulations.
Oklahoma was among several states given an extension on the deadline for compliance, but the state will not make the appropriate changes before the extension expires on October 10, 2016.
In 2007, the state passed a law saying it wouldn't comply with the act, with critics of the act citing concern over how ID information would be stored. Legislators like Senator David Holt attempted to get parts of the 2007 law repealed, but the bills never made it out of the House. Holt's bill would have allowed Oklahoma residents the choice between a Real ID compliant ID or a non-compliant one.
Come January 22, 2018, only compliant IDs will be accepted to board flights, something many residents weren't aware of. KFOR interviewed several residents who were renewing their IDs at the Department of Public Safety who didn't know of the pending deadline or their potential inability to board a flight. While Oklahoma already received a deadline extension, officials hope to be granted another, though they doubt it will happen. There's a chance that legislators could amend the 2007 law during the next year's session, but that would be too late to get Oklahoma compliant in time.
Sen. Holt suggests that concerned residents should apply for a passport or use a military ID if they have one, as both are already Real ID compliant.
Texas is in partial compliance with the law and has also been issued a deadline extension, but there's no word if they too will miss the compliance window.