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Oklahoma Receives REAL ID Extension until October 2016

Department of Public Safety


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety say the state has received an extension through October 2016 to comply with the REAL ID Act.

Fallin announced the extension by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday. It allows federal agencies to accept Oklahoma-issued drivers' licenses and identification cards to allow residents to enter military bases and most federal facilities.

The REAL ID Act signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005 is an effort to make licenses less susceptible to counterfeit or forgery. A 2007 Oklahoma law prohibits implementation of some provisions of the act. Lawmakers cited the cost of complying and concerns over personal information that would be provided.

Fallin said she's working the DPS, lawmakers and Homeland Security on a permanent solution.