Has the Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID deadline that will allow us to use our current driver’s licenses to board commercial aircraft and enter federal facilities?
YES. The Department of Homeland Security has extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May 7, 2025. This means Oklahomans can continue to use their current driver license or Oklahoma identification card to fly domestically or enter federal facilities until this time.
Do I have to get a REAL ID-compliant card?
No. Oklahoma will allow individuals to choose between a REAL ID driver’s license/ID card and a non-compliant driver’s license/ID card. If a person chooses to get a non-compliant license or card, they will need to present alternative forms of identification, such as a U.S. passport, accepted by the agency or facility in question. Some agencies or facilities may have additional requirements to accommodate individuals lacking the correct ID documents.
NOTE: Non-compliant licenses/cards will NOT be accepted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) when boarding a commercial aircraft, starting May 3, 2023. TSA currently accepts other forms of identity documents, such as passports or permanent residency cards, and will continue to do so. Click here for a current list of TSA-acceptable travel identification documents.