WASHINGTON — Oklahoma is getting an extension to its REAL ID compliance deadline due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of Homeland Security announced the extension Thursday under the direction of President Trump to change from Oct. 1, 2020 to Oct. 1, 2021.
“The federal, state and local response to the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline," said acting Secretary Chad Wolf.
Oklahoma is playing catch-up with the rest of the country when it comes to REAL ID as Oregon is the only other state that is not REAL ID-compliant
“Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts," Wolf said.
"States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.”
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