OKLAHOMA CITY - Quick facts:
- The state of Oklahoma has received an extension to meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act.
- Without the extension, federal agencies later this month would have been prohibited from accepting Oklahoma driver's licenses and identification cards.
- The department of homeland security says that failure for the state to meet the REAL ID requirements could lead to denial of future requests for extensions.
Governor Mary Fallin, along with legislative leaders, announced Tuesday that Oklahoma has received an extension through June 6, 2017 to meet the requirements in the REAL ID Act.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that failure for the state to act during the 2017 legislative session on legislation committing Oklahoma to all the REAL ID requirements could result in the denial of future extension requests.
Without the extension, federal agencies later this month would have been prohibited from accepting Oklahoma driver's licenses and identification cards, meaning those without identification that complies with the REAL ID Act won't be able to enter a federal building, military base or courthouse. REAL ID enforcement for boarding commercial aircraft is scheduled to begin Jan. 22, 2018.
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The letter states that "for the duration of this extension, federal agencies may accept Oklahoma-issued drivers' licenses and identification cards for official purposes in accordance with the phased enforcement schedule and existing agency policies."
Fallin, Schulz and McCall wrote a letter last month to DHS requesting the extension.
Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to make driver's licenses harder to forge. Oklahoma legislators in 2007 passed a bill forbidding the state from meeting provisions of the act.
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