Travelers worry lawmakers' late reaction to REAL ID Act may hinder Oklahomans' travel

By: Rick Maranon

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • Oklahoma was denied an extension to comply with the REAL ID Act.
  • State lawmakers say they will work to fix the issue next session.
  • Travelers say they don't know if that will happen.

 

Oklahoma travelers may want to take steps to get a different ID.

Passengers told FOX23 Wednesday they are already working to get an ID that meets the REAL ID requirements after the state was denied an extension Tuesday.

Many said they already travel with passports, because they have little faith state lawmakers will do anything to fix the problem in time.

The move comes after the federal government said they would not grant Oklahoma an extension to meet requirements to comply with the REAL ID Act.

This means that Oklahomans will need more than a driver's license to get into federal facilities and, in a little more than a year, airports. 

Oklahoma lawmakers said they will address the issue first thing next session.

Some say they are doubtful whether anything can be done in time to meet the requirements before the deadline.

Lawmakers like State Rep. Lewis Moore say protecting personal information comes first.

The REAL ID Act will first impact access to federal buildings and federal courthouses in 2017. It will impact airports in January 2018.

It takes about six weeks to get a passport.

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