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Real ID Act extension issued for Oklahoma military bases

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Posted at 4:27 PM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 17:27:35-04

FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a 90-extension to Department of Defense installations for compliance with what's known as the Real ID Act.

Officials at Fort Sill announced the extension Friday and say it includes Fort Sill in addition to Altus, Tinker and Vance Air Force bases.

Without the extension, an Oklahoma driver's license would not be accepted for entrance onto military installations starting Oct. 10. The extension moves the date to Jan. 10, 2017. An ID such as a passport would be needed.

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The act is an effort to ensure the reliability and accuracy of driver's licenses, but legislators in several states -- including Oklahoma -- believe the federal government is overreaching. The act was passed in 2005 because fake IDs helped terrorists carry out the 9/11 attacks.