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Oklahoma granted REAL ID extension until next October

The Oklahoma Senate sent House Bill 1845 to the governor's desk for her signature. The measure, which makes the state REAL ID compliant, passed 35-11 on Tuesday. (Bill Schammert/KOKH)

Oklahomans will be able to use their current identification cards for at least another year.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Governor Mary Fallin announced another REAL ID extension. The latest delay runs until October 10, 2018.

“This is great news for Oklahomans, and means there will be no restrictions on individuals using Oklahoma licenses to fly or access federal buildings through October 10 of next year,” said Governor Fallin. “I applaud our lawmakers for working in a constructive, bipartisan fashion in approving legislation earlier this year that made Oklahoma compliant with the REAL ID Act.”

The move means the federal government will continue to recognize Oklahoma driver's licenses and identification cards until next year.

“There have been many questions recently about Oklahoma’s status regarding REAL ID," DPS Commissioner Michael C. Thompson said. "DPS is actively working towards making Oklahoma REAL ID compliant and will use this time to gain compliance with the requirement. We strongly appreciate Governor Fallin’s leadership in signing REAL ID into law.”

The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 in an effort to ensure the accuracy of driver's licenses after fake IDs helped terrorists carry out the 9/11 attacks.

More information on the REAL ID Act can be found here.

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