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Oklahoma granted another REAL ID extension through October 2019

(KOKH/FILE)

Oklahoma has been, once again, granted a REAL ID extension.

Governor Mary Fallin announced that the state has been notified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of the extension, which lasts through October 2019.

“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,” Fallin said. “Oklahoma is actively working towards full compliance.”

The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 in an effort to make driver's licenses harder to forge. Oklahoma legislators then passed a bill forbidding the state from meeting the act's provisions.

In 2017, a bill was signed by Fallin allowing the state to begin working on a compliant system after receiving years of extensions from the federal government. The state is currently in full compliance of 30 of the required 43 requirements for the REAL ID Act. They are in partial compliance of 12 of the requirements and non-compliant on one.

The state expects to be in full compliance by 2020.

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