Oklahoma DPS – Department of Public Safety
Unlike many states, Oklahoma technically doesn’t have a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Instead, most driver licensing matters are handled by the Oklahoma DPS or Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, while vehicle registration and titling is handled by the Oklahoma Tax Commission. There is also a Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), but this government agency is primarily responsible for licensing dealers and most drivers won’t need to interact with the Oklahoma MVC.
With many driving-related concerns spread out over multiple agencies, finding what you need can be a bit of a challenge. Below we will look at some common driving-related issues in Oklahoma and how to get them taken care of.
Oklahoma DPS Driver’s License
To get a driver’s license in Oklahoma, you will need to use the Oklahoma DPS. Applications for drivers’ licenses can only be made in person and you must present yourself before a Driver License Examiner. You can find a list of DPS examiner sites With this Free DMV Finder.
When applying for a license, be sure to bring with you a piece of primary ID (such as a birth certificate), secondary ID (like your Social Security card), and your Social Security number. If your last name on your identification is different from your current last name, then you will also need to bring additional proof, such as a marriage certificate, showing that the ID belongs to you. Those taking a driving test must also provide proof of liability insurance. To get your license, you will need to pass a vision test, writing test, and driving test.
If you are under 18, you will need to apply for a learner’s permit. You will also need to provide proof of attendance from your high school or vocational school. Furthermore, a parent or guardian must be present with you. Applicants under the age of 16 must also provide proof that they are in a driver’s education course.
Oklahoma Driving Tests
As mentioned above, if you are applying for your first license in Oklahoma then you will have to pass a driving test. Fortunately, scheduling a driving test is easy. The Oklahoma DPS runs a service called Inline Online for scheduling various appointments, including for drive tests, learner permits, license transfers, and more.
Oklahoma Driving Records
You can order your Oklahoma driving record online by following this link. By law, you can only order your own driving record. You can only request another person’s driving record if you are legally authorized to do so.
The cost of a driving record is $25. However, that fee is waived if you are 65 or older. There is also a $3 fee if you want a certified copy and a $2.50 transaction fee. When ordering a record online, the document will be available to print in PDF format and a copy will be sent to the email address you provide. You can also order your driving records through the mail or in person.
If you don’t need an official copy of your driving record, but you are just curious about what it may contain, then you may find third-party websites, such as SearchQuarry.com, useful.
Oklahoma DPS Forms
The Oklahoma DPS has a number of forms available online for you to print. Forms that you may find useful include a Collision Record Request, Driving Record/Motor Vehicle Report, Driver Training and Education, and Commercial Driver’s License.
Getting a ticket, like a speeding citation, is never fun, but at least if you do get one being able to pay it online without visiting the courthouse is a welcome option. In Oklahoma, your ability to pay online depends on which county you received your ticket in. Many of the larger counties now accept online payments through the Oklahoma State Courts Network’s E-Payments system.
For counties that don’t yet accept E-Payments you will have to pay for your citation either by visiting the courthouse in person or mailing your payment to the appropriate address. You can find instructions on how to pay on your citation.
Remember, however, that by paying your ticket you are admitting guilt. Traffic citations may not sound serious, but they are technically crimes and if you get enough of them you could lose your license or see your insurance premiums go up. You may want to consider enrolling in a traffic school to help keep points off your license or to bring your premiums down.
Vehicle Registration and Titles
All vehicles over 10 horsepower must be titled and tagged in Oklahoma. Registration and titling in the state is done through the Oklahoma Tax Commission. To register or title a vehicle or to transfer the registration or title to a new owner, you will have to visit an authorized tag dealer in person. You can renew your vehicle’s registration online through the Tax Commission’s Convenient Auto Renewal System (CARS). Most vehicle registrations can be renewed through CARS so long as the renewal is being done by the current record owner.