Dills, Sims among group of legislators to send letter to Gov. Stitt expressing support for executive order regarding Department of Public Safety wait times

Dills, Sims among group of legislators to send letter to Gov. Stitt expressing support for executive order regarding Department of Public Safety wait times

A bipartisan group of Oklahoma State Representatives today sent a letter to Governor Kevin Stitt expressing their support for an executive order to address challenges and lengthy wait times many Oklahomans are currently facing when trying to receive and renew driver’s licenses or update existing licenses to REAL IDs. In addition, they provided a list of recommendations to be considered for inclusion in the executive order.

“As members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, we support your efforts to enact an executive order with the help of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety as well as the Oklahoma Legislature to address this alarming issue facing many Oklahomans,” the lawmakers said in the letter. “While there is legislation pending in the House to increase the number of authorized driver-testing exam locations, we agreed this problem merits immediate action.”

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The following lawmakers signed on to the letter:

Rep. Ross Ford, R-Broken Arrow

Rep. Lonnie Sims, R-Jenks

Rep. Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon

Rep. Steve Bashore, R-Miami

Rep. Jeff Boatman, R-Tulsa

Rep. Brad Boles, R-Marlow

Rep. Denise Brewer, D-Tulsa

Rep. Ty Burns, R-Pawnee

Rep. Carol Bush, R-Tulsa

Rep. Rusty Cornwell, R-Vinita

Rep. Denise Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont

Rep. Dean Davis, R-Broken Arrow

Rep. Eddy Dempsey, R-Valliant

Rep. Sheila Dills, R-Tulsa

Rep. Mike Dobrinski, R-Okeene

Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee

Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Oklahoma City

Rep. Brian Hill, R-Mustang

Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane

Rep. Ronny Johns, R-Ada

Rep. Gerrid Kendrix, R-Altus

Rep. Dell Kerbs, R-Shawnee

Rep. Mark Lawson, R-Sapulpa

Rep. Dick Lowe, R-Amber

Rep. Ken Luttrell, R-Ponca City

Rep. Robert Manger, R-Oklahoma City

Rep. Anthony Moore, R-Clinton

Rep. Carl Newton, R-Cherokee

Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa

Rep. Jim Olsen, R-Roland

Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton

Rep. Kenton Patzkowsky, R-Balko

Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant

Rep. Eric Roberts, R-Oklahoma City

Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, D-Norman

Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell

Rep. Danny Sterling, R-Tecumseh

Rep. Mark Vancuren, R-Owasso

Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston

Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore

Rep. Rick West, R-Heavener

Rep. Tammy West, R-Oklahoma City

Rep. Max Wolfley, R-Oklahoma City

Rep. Rande Worthen, R-Lawton

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The full text of the letter can be seen below:

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Feb. 9, 2020

Governor J. Kevin Stitt,

Oklahomans across the state are facing enormous challenges and lengthy wait times to schedule appointments to receive driver’s licenses or update existing licenses to REAL IDs.

As a result of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the high demand for REAL IDs, our tag agencies are overwhelmed. These unreasonable wait times are leading to significant delays for our commercial drivers in the state, limiting our opportunities for economic growth and making it substantially more difficult for new drivers to become licensed.

Our constituents have faced this issue for months, and many have tried for several months to schedule appointments. Oklahomans across the state are facing the same issue and we the undersigned Legislators applaud your efforts to work with all parties and find a solution that meets the needs of our constituents in a timely manner.

As members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, we support your efforts to enact an Executive Order with the help of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety as well as the Oklahoma Legislature to address this alarming issue facing many Oklahomans. While there is legislation pending in the House to increase the number of authorized driver-exam locations, we agreed this problem merits immediate action.

We request the following recommendations be considered for implementation by the executive order:

Allow tag agents to renew, replace or downgrade a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The Dept. of Public Safety currently has to process all of them.

Allow tag agents to issue an identification card if the person requesting the identification card has an existing state driver’s license file, even if the driver’s license is expired or suspended. Currently, the requesting person must have a valid driver’s license to receive an identification card from a tag agent.

Allow third-party examiners (non-DPS CDL examiners) to test anyone with a CDL permit. Currently, they are only allowed to administer driving tests to their own students.

Allow certain locations, such as Oklahoma Career Tech Centers, to administer driving knowledge written tests for Class D exams, with hopes to expand to CDL exams.

We believe the changes listed above would lend more authority and control to our local tag agencies and significantly reduce the wait times Oklahomans are facing.

Again, we appreciate your efforts in enacting this Executive Order to help Oklahomans throughout the State.

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