New law will allow expired licenses to serve as proof of ID up to a year

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation to ease the process of renewing drivers licenses for Oklahoman was signed into law today.

House Bill 1082 will allow drivers to use an expired license as proof of identity to obtain a new license for up to a year.


Previously, after 30 days of the license's expiration date, drivers had to provide their birth certificate in order to obtain a new license.

"The intent of the birth certificate requirement was to prevent fraud, but it really should be targeted towards new license applicants rather than renewals, even one year after expiration of the original license," Rep Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, author of the bill, said Tuesday. "The current requirement has been the source of a lot of trouble for many of my constituents and it was very clear to me that it needed to be amended."

The new law goes into effect Nov. 1.

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