October 7, 2014

Same-Sex Married Couples Must Wait for New Drivers’ Licenses

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Although same sex marriage is now legal in Oklahoma, newly married couples shouldn’t rush to their tag agent to change their driver’s license – just yet.

Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex couples to be married in the Sooner State, but that quick turnaround hasn’t filtered down to other state offices.

Couples seeking to change their name on state identification cards, such as a drivers’ licenses, may have to wait a few days. Department of Public Safety spokesman Capitan Randy Rogers said the high court’s ruling caught his agency and the state’s 274 tag agents off guard.

Rogers said DPS isn’t denying anyone a new license, but getting a new license could take a little extra time.

“We’re still catching up,” he said.

“This was on anyone’s radar screen,” he said. “We’re trying to put steps in place now for a tag agent to know what documents they can accept and to know what to look for.”

Oklahoma law currently prevents tag agents from accepting same-sex marriage licenses as a means to change identification, he said. However, with same-sex marriage now legal, Rogers said, DPS was forced to develop a new process for changes to drivers’ licenses.  DPS officials began working on the procedure Tuesday.

“I expect everything will be working in a day or two,” he said.