Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 9, 2016
Sen. David Holt
Senate passes ‘common sense compromise’ to
address REAL ID issue
Oklahomans will be able to fly commercially with an Oklahoma driver
license under legislation passed by the Senate today and authored
by Sen. David
Holt. Senate Bill 1362 passed the Senate 35-8. In a carefully
crafted compromise, the legislation allows Oklahomans to voluntarily
choose to retain a license that is not compliant with the federal
REAL ID Act or choose to obtain one that is.
"My constituents and many other Oklahomans have been very vocal
that they want the liberty to choose a driver license that allows
them to fly, and this bill is a common sense compromise that gives
them that liberty," said Holt, R-Oklahoma City. "Grandma
has to be able to visit her grandkids, and we have to give her that
option or we have failed."
SB 1362 bars the state from sharing personal information with the
federal government in relation to the REAL ID Act.
The federal REAL ID Act was passed as a response to the 9/11 terrorist
attacks in order to provide higher security for government identification.
In 2007, Oklahoma passed a law that barred the state from complying.
If nothing changes, in January of 2018, Oklahomans will no longer
be allowed to fly commercially using an Oklahoma driver license.
Oklahomans will also be barred from using Oklahoma driver licenses
to enter federal facilities and military bases.
SB 1362 now advances to the House for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Holt: (405) 521-5636