Oklahoma gets grace period on REAL ID compliance

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 8, 2017

Rick Taylor, the deputy commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation, said he expects to hear by July 10 whether the Department of Homeland Security will extend a waiver allowing Kentucky to remain in noncompliance with the federal act until the new state driver's licenses are available.

During the last session, the Oklahoma Legislature passed a measure that will allow Oklahomans to obtain a federally compliant REAL ID driver's license or identification card. The spokesman notes this will have no impact on people's ability to use their IDs to fly this year.

The federal government has accepted Pennsylvania's request for a little more time to comply with the anti-terrorism law known as Real ID. REAL ID-compliant forms of identification include USA passports or passport cards.

The application was submitted in mid-April, after Oklahoma enacted the legislation necessary to bring the state into compliance. In the meantime, the state has received one extension after another.

This grace period goes into effect June 7, and applies to states, including Pennsylvania, now under compliance extensions set to expire June 6.

In April, the Department of Public Safety requested another extension, but that request has not been granted yet.

Officials say that Tuesday's deadline only affects entrance into federal buildings and military bases.

DHS has confirmed that REAL ID extension decisions are pending final review, and federal agencies have been advised to continue accepting driver licenses and identification cards through the grace period. That grace period will likely end next month if another extension is not granted.

Twenty-five states are now compliant with the new requirement.

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