Tulsa’s Real ID Megacenter closing permanently after serving around 50,000 people

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa’s Real ID Megacenter closes Friday after it has served around 50,000 people for the past five months.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says they will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday. Anyone is welcome, and no appointment is needed, but make sure you have the right paperwork. The megacenter is located at 71st and Lewis in the Kensington Business Center.

The center was started to help with the backlog created during the pandemic, while Oklahomans have been trying to renew their driver’s license and get Real IDs. There were multiple reasons for the backlog, including software issues.

The Department of Public Safety’s Sarah Stewart says the plan was for this to be a temporary location. In the future, they’re going to add more employees to the West and East DPS locations.

“These megacenters have been a real success… This really has helped out. We know there is still going to be a need after this. This has been a great way to chip away at that backlog,” Stewart said.

Stewart recommends people arrive early, on the last day for the megacenter. Multiple people have reached out to FOX23, saying they’ve been turned away on the final week. One man arrived around two hours before doors opened today. He says he took off work this morning, and struggled the night before.

Stewart says people need to arrive early, otherwise, they may be turned away if DPS can’t process them before closing time at 10:00 p.m.

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