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Real ID Act Will Require More Identification from Oklahoma Residents

If you rely on your Oklahoma Driver's license to get into a secure area like a federal building or an airplane, things will be changing. Oklahoma is one of a handful of states that hasn't complied with a federal mandate to make our driver's licenses more secure.

"Your drivers license should be your id whether you're voting or going thru a screening booth. it's the most valid ID outside of your passport." says Vernon Cole, a resident in Miami.

Beginning January 1, Oklahoma residents will be required to bring a second form of identification when going through security at federal buildings after the state failed to comply with a federal mandate to make IDs more secure.

"Not everyone brings two forms of ID around with them, so it's really going to slow down the process." says Kalie Forbis.

The change stems back to 2005 when congress passed the real id act that would make it harder for terrorists to get fake id's.
But in 2007 Oklahoma passed a law forbidding compliance with the act.  

As a result, the department of public safety says it "is not taking steps to ensure compliance with the federal real id act, and has not implemented any policy or practice for the purpose of meeting any of the act's requirements." 

Miami residents who work with fake ID's regularly say carrying the extra burden of more identification could be solved with an easier process.

"It's kind of a hassle, but just like selling beer, you have to make sure you take training courses for your Ids from selling beer, and a lot of fake ones can slip through your hands." says Sue Legrand, in Miami.,

The DPS says these are the best practices that the department has implemented since issuing the act.

The second ID will also be required at Oklahoma airports beginning in 2016.

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