State Senate Sends REAL ID Compliance Bill To Gov. Fallin

A bill that passed the Republican-controlled House last week explicitly bans the state from giving licenses to immigrants living in Minnesota illegally - a prohibition that is now part of state rulemaking.

This bill also allows Oklahomans the ability to use an Oklahoma driver's license to board a commercial flight. "I also appreciate Governor Mary Fallin and House Speaker Charles McCall for their leadership in moving this issue forward", Schulz said.

Passed by congress in May 2005, the REAL ID Act sought to make state driver's licenses more secure.

The State Chamber is pleased that swift action was taken by our Legislature to resolve REAL ID. Under the latest proposal, a statement will be added to a standard license that it is not valid for federal identification, such as entering a military facility or some nuclear installations, and starting next January 22, boarding a commercial airplane.

Residents will not be able to fly or access federal facilities using their state-issued driver's licenses unless they are made compliant.

"I don't believe it is our job in Washington state to police federal immigration laws", Liias said. "This bill brings us into compliance with the federal REAL ID law but also offers an opt-out for those who don't want a REAL ID license", said Schulz (R-Altus).

Without an extension, Oklahomans trying to access military bases and federal facilities, inside or outside the state, will have to flash a USA passport or another valid form of federal ID.

The federal law was signed by former President George W. Bush four years after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks to increase security. He said that if the two issues were linked, the resultant bill would not pass the Republican-controlled House.

"It doesn't meet any one person's ideal bill". "If you're here illegally, you still get a license".

"Under the provisions of this bill, they will have their biometric data collected", said state Sen. The law was designed to create minimum standards for identification documents. He says Oklahomans will not be required to present new information to get a license. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, raised concerns about privacy and the additional $5 cost per license. He said Wednesday morning that his bill might be in front of the full Senate for a vote next week. This will bring our state into federal compliance and protect Oklahoma citizens from unnecessary costs and delays. Because Oklahoma refused to comply at the initial implementation of REAL ID, it no longer qualifies for federal funds to help pay for the changeover.

  • Zachary Reyes