Oklahoma is one step closer to bringing the federal Real ID to the state after a bill passed through the state Senate on Thursday.
Senate Bill 683, would also allow Oklahomans to opt out of the new driver's license system and continue to use a traditional state ID.
The federal Real ID Act of 2005 was passed following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The perpetrators of the attacks used fake documents, and the federal law creates minimum standards for state-issued driver's licenses.
The Real ID program stores biometric data in a national database for counterterrorism efforts, and in 2007, Oklahoma lawmakers passed a measure opposing the act, citing privacy concerns.