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Real ID Bill Moves Forward in Oklahoma House

A bill to get Oklahoma in compliance with the Federal Real ID Act moves on to the full House for consideration.

Rep. Leslie Osborn says House Bill 1845 creates a bifurcated system, meaning Oklahomans will have an option of getting a license which meets the standards of Homeland Security, or...

"If you have security concerns-you don't want to do that, what you can do is apply to get the same type of license you've always had, which should answer the questions of the critics. It's set up where you still do the same process (with) the Department of Public Safety and with our tag agents across the state."

The Mustang Republican says without compliance Oklahomans won't be able to board commercial flights by next January of 2018 or enter federal bases or courthouses in six months.

The Real ID Act was passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush in 2005 to prevent terrorists from obtaining fake driver's licenses. But, in 2007, Oklahoma passed a law refusing to comply with the federal law.

Two similar bills have been filed in the Senate, but Osborn hopes to get something to the Governor's desk as quickly as possible.

Michael Cross is the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
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