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Deadline approaches for Oklahoma ID card upgrades

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Real ID cards generally include a star to indicate compliance. (TSA) Real ID cards generally include a star to indicate compliance. (TSA)

DURANT, Okla. -- Thousands of Oklahomans could soon be turned away at the airport for failing to have a REAL ID-compliant document.

The Department of Homeland Security has given the state several extensions to meet the requirements for its official identification cards, including driver licenses. 

But Oklahoma has yet to begin issuing IDs that incorporate elements designed to increase security, one of three remaining states that are non-compliant. . And that is a concern to some people we talked with in Durant on Tuesday.

"Oklahoma needs to wake up," said Charles Holloway. "The rest of the country is doing this, so why not have Oklahoma do it too?"

"If I needed to fly somewhere, I would want to be able to fly somewhere," Janna Bierschwale said.

Patricia Cogswell, acting deputy administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, warned that the clock is ticking.

"One year from today, TSA is prohibited from accepting a non-REAL ID compliant driver's license or other non-compliant state-issued ID from a traveler seeking to fly on a commercial aircraft," she said.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says it plans to begin issuing REAL ID documents by the end of April "at selected locations around the state," but they would not be available everywhere until the end of August.

Residents will not be required to obtain a REAL ID card. A U.S. passport is considered a valid form of REAL ID.

Texas already issues REAL ID-compliant identification cards.

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