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