Expired licenses may get easier to renew in Oklahoma

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: March 6, 2009
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Oklahomans who let their driver’s license expire would be spared having to search for paperwork under a bill that won House approval Thursday.

House Bill 1092 would make an expired Oklahoma license a valid form of ID for the purpose of renewing the license for up to 30 days past expiration.

"The state no longer sends a written notice in advance of your driver’s license expiration, so many people unintentionally let it lapse,” said Rep. John Trebilcock, the bill’s author. "Unfortunately, once your license has expired, you can’t renew it unless you provide another form of ID, which is difficult for many people to obtain.”

Trebilcock, R-Broken Arrow, said his bill would simply provide an extra month for people to renew a license without having to show another ID.

A motorist driving with an expired driver’s license would still face a fine under the proposal.

HB 1092 passed, 91-0. It now goes to the Senate.

Since enactment of the state’s immigration law, HB 1804, in November 2007, those looking to renew an expired license must first show a Public Safety Department examiner or tag agent proof of legal residency through a valid passport, a certified birth certificate or a visa.



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