Legislation signed into law today will give individuals with an expired license more time to obtain a new one by simply providing the expired license.
Currently, Oklahomans have 30 days after the date of expiration to renew their license or they must provide a birth certificate to obtain a new license.
House Bill 1082, by state Rep. Pat Ownbey and state Sen. Frank Simpson, would allow an expired license to be used as proof to obtain a new license for up to a year.
The measure states that no person has a property interest in a driver license and would require a person who has had their driving privileges suspended or revoked to apply for a new driver license upon completion of reinstatement.
“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,” said Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “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 takes effect Nov. 1.