DPS Officials Say Time Is Now To Get Real ID Card, Renew Driver’s Licenses


Friday, October 15th 2021, 5:26 pm
By: Erika Lee


OKLAHOMA CITY -

The newly-appointed commissioner of the Department of Public Safety Tim Tipton got firsthand look at Oklahoma City's Real ID Megacenter.

The Oklahoma City DPS Megacenter will be open through Dec. 10. After that, operations will return to the tag agencies.

Since July, the Megacenters in OKC and Tulsa have combined to serve roughly 50,000 Oklahomans.

“It’s a good opportunity to get your Real ID, even if you don’t need it to fly until 2023,” DPS public information officer Sarah Stewart said. “You can even get your license renewed a year before the expiration date.”

Before the Megacenter opened, officials said there was at least a 60-day backlog. Oklahomans had to wait months for an appointment.

Now, the maximum wait time for walk-ins is between one hour to an hour and a half.

“The earlier you can get in, the better because at 6:30 a.m. in the morning right when the doors open, you’re most likely to walk straight in a booth without a line and that’s also true about six in the evening,” DPS supervisor Janice Thompson said.

With just eight weeks left, DPS is encouraging people to take advantage of the Megacenter while it is still here.

“The set amount of money from the legislature -- the amount of funding that we got -- that’s the amount of time that it allowed us to keep the Megacenter open,” Stewart said.