How to transfer your out-of-state license to an Oklahoma driverís license
Do you have another state’s license that’s expiring soon and want to get its Oklahoma equivalent? Do you have driving performance anxiety and/or hate exams? There is good news for you – don’t worry about taking any written or in-person driving tests if you bring in the following to a Driver License Exam Site:
- Primary ID — usually a state-certified birth certificate. For a complete list of acceptable primary identification documents, click here.
- Your out-of-state license.
- Your Social Security Number.
- If your last name doesn’t match, you need to bring in documentation (e.g. marriage license). Check here for more details.
Now, one caveat for you test-haters: you will have to pass a vision test (which really only seems fair since driving requires a rather generous amount of your sense of vision). Once you pass that bad boy, you get a form to take to a tag agency, pay the fee, get your picture taken, and BAM! Watch out, world: Duly licensed driver.
So, that’s pretty straightforward. But there’s a new potential catch, just because nothing can be that easy in the world these days: On July 1, Oklahoma will begin issuing REAL ID-compliant licenses that are more onerous in terms of documentation required to obtain them (e.g. birth certificate, Social Security card, and utility bill), but they will be required to access commercial planes and federal installations after October 1, 2021. So if you’re a frequent (or even occasional) flyer and don’t have a passport, you may check into getting a REAL-ID compliant license. The state’s realid.ok.gov site has a pretty good rundown on everything you need and how it works so we won’t belabor the point, but it’s definitely something to be aware of. The cost for the REAL ID-compliant license when transferring a license from another state is $42.50. At the beginning of the roll-out, only certain locations will be able to handle getting you squared away, like the main Department of Public Safety office at 3600 N. Martin Luther King Ave. in OKC. Additional locations will be added as time goes on – check https://www.realid.ok.gov/ for details and a map! And we’ve gotten through this entire paragraph without making an “it’s getting real” pun, so that’s an extra bonus for you, reader… or is it?