The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) oversees all licensing requirements and provides licensing services for residents. Whether you are looking to obtain a driver’s license for the first time or need other DPS licensing services, the following information should help you to obtain the correct services by going to the right places.
Find a Licensing Center
The Oklahoma DPS has licensing centers located in or near every county and major community in the state. The DPS offers driver license exam locations and driver compliance locations. The DPS also provides general licensing services, including renewals, changes of address and name changes.
Getting a License for the First Time
The Oklahoma graduated licensing system enables learning drivers to learn how to drive in one of two ways. Teens and other adults can take a traditional driver education course through a state-approved provider. Parents also can provide driver education training for their teens by becoming qualified driver education instructors. The Parent-Taught Driver Education program makes it easier and more affordable for parents of teen drivers to provide the necessary training.
Whether completing a traditional driver education course from an approved provider or through parent-taught driver education, all learning drives must complete 10 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of supervised driving. Successful completion of an approved driver education course enables teens to obtain a restricted license that they can use for at least six months while driving at least 50 hours, including 10 hours at night.
When a teen or other first-time driver completes the educational and restricted driving with no accidents or major moving violations, he or she can obtain an unrestricted driver’s license in Oklahoma.
Renewing Your License
The Oklahoma DPS enables residents to renew their driver’s licenses up to a year after they expire. Oklahoma driver’s license renewals are processed online or at a local services center. Renewal requests made more than a year after the expiration date must include proof of current residency in Oklahoma.
Do You Need a REAL ID?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oklahoma delayed the date for becoming REAL ID-compliant to May 3, 2023. A REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state ID will have a star within a circle located in the upper right corner. The REAL ID enables the holder to board commercial flights, enter federal courthouses and go to other federal locations without also producing a federally issued ID, such as a passport.
Upgrade Your Probationary License
Whether you are driving with a restricted license due to the graduated licensing system or because you accumulated too many points for moving violations, you can regain full driving privileges after successfully completing the requirements to do so. A local DPS licensing center can reinstate driving privileges after scheduling a driver compliance hearing.
Replace a Lost or Stolen License
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will replace lost or stolen Oklahoma driver’s licenses when residents complete and submit a Replacement License Request Form and pay the fee.
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