Real ID in Oklahoma: One more extension needed to comply with 14-year-old legislation

It’s taking awhile — and yet another deadline extension from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — but officials say Oklahoma eventually will be Real ID compliant.

Do you remember Real ID?

It’s something the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. decided was needed after discovering that the 19 hijackers involved had obtained 30 driver’s licenses and state-issued IDs among them. One of them had four IDs from three states. Five others had duplicates of the same ID.

So, in 2005, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed legislation requiring new ID verification standards and procedures for people flying on commercial airlines, entering certain federal buildings and facilities, or traveling from countries for which a passport is not required. Millions of dollars in federal grants were authorized to help states comply.

In theory, state compliance was voluntary, but opting out promised massive headaches.

Now, 14 years later, Oklahoma is one of four states yet to comply. Officials say the state will be compliant by next spring, but there is one small complication: Oklahoma’s current deadline extension expires on Oct. 10.


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