Legislation that would make it easier for individuals to renew licenses after the expiration date was approved by a House committee Wednesday.

Currently, Oklahomans have 30 days after the date of expiration to renew their license or they must provide a birth certificate to obtain a new license.

House Bill 1082, by state Rep. Pat Ownbey, would allow an expired license to be used as proof to obtain a new license, even after 30 days, for up to a year.

“There has been no end to complaints about a birth certificate requirement to renew a license,” said Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “I think it is necessary for new licensees, in order to prevent fraud, but is completely unnecessary for renewals and that’s why my bill extends the time individuals who have let their license expire have to use an expired license to obtain a new one.”

The legislation also removes a provision that requires the Department of Public Safety to store surrendered licenses.

“This provision saves money and man hours at the Department of Public Safety. It was an efficiency I discovered while looking into the licensing statutes,” said Ownbey.

House Bill 1082 was approved by the House Public Safety Committee. If approved by the House Calendar Committee, it will be available for a vote on the House floor.