Oklahoma REAL ID compliance deadline extended to October 10


"We look forward to continued conversations with DHS over the coming months."Without the extension, residents without a passport or other federally accepted identification would not have been able to enter military bases or federal buildings because the state is not compliant with Real ID.Congress passed Real ID following the September 11 terrorist attacks".

The Department of Homeland Security has granted another Real ID Act extension to Pennsylvania. If the state doesn't provide residents with a card that meets a host of security features, they could be blocked from entering federal buildings and even boarding commercial flights.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says the waiver allows Mainers to continue to use non-compliant ID cards until early October.

Oklahoma Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson said implementing the changes could take two years or longer. "I applaud our lawmakers for working in a constructive, bipartisan fashion".

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The REAL ID Act was put in place in 2005 to improve the reliability of state issued ID's, making it harder for terrorists to obtain fake identification.

Preliminary work on REAL ID has begun, and PennDOT estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer's option in 2019.

But, the department warned, if the state failed to act during the 2017 legislative session on legislation committing Oklahoma to all the REAL ID requirements, the state could be denied for other extension requests.

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