Oklahomans Facing October Real ID Deadline

Friday, September 28th 2018, 6:48 am
By: Tess Maune

The State of Oklahoma is less than two weeks away from the deadline to have government issued Real IDs.

Oklahoma requested an extension last month, but so far, that request still hasn't been approved.  The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says it expects to hear back from the federal government any day now and believes the year-long extension will be granted.

October 10, 2018 is the deadline and that has a lot of travelers anxious.

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If the extension request is not approved, Oklahomans won't be able to use their Oklahoma Driver's License or ID for boarding planes or for entering military bases or federal buildings.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, if the extension is not granted, travelers will have until January 22, 2019, until they need an alternate form of identification to travel on commercial aircraft, access government buildings.

Oklahoma says it has met 30 of the 43 requirements to begin implementing Real ID.  The governor's office told News On 6, it doesn't think Oklahoma will have the proper computer software needed for Real ID implementation until 2020.

TSA says states with extensions can use their current driver's license at airports until October 1, 2020. But if Oklahoma isn't granted an extension, that grace period won't apply. 

Without an extension, starting Monday, October 10th,  Oklahomans will need a US passport or a federally issued ID to fly domestically.

The TSA has a list of acceptable IDs on its website.