- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahomans who think something’s missing from their driver’s licenses aren’t alone. State officials have noticed, too.

Holographic security emblems that should appear on the front of each license or identification card instead appear on the back of some cards or, in some instances, not at all, the Department of Public Safety said Friday.

The missing information, images of the state seal and the public safety agency’s emblem, have not caused any legal problems for Oklahoma motorists - at least not yet, said Jeff Hankins, director of the agency’s driver’s license services.

“These are the ones that are being found. We know that there’s more,” he said.

Hankins said the error was reported on Nov. 24 when Transportation Security Administration personnel screening passengers at Tulsa International Airport found that some Oklahoma licenses had no holographs, which are supposed to be embossed on the front of the licenses’ plastic lining alongside personal identification when they are produced at state tag agencies.

“We were hoping it was going to be an isolated incident. But they’re seeing quite a few every day,” Hankins said.

Since first reported more than two months ago, similar errors have been found on licenses in the Oklahoma City and Lawton areas, he said.

The state has issued digital driver’s licenses since 2003, and those with the missing information are still considered valid. Licenses are routinely used at airports, federal buildings and banks to positively identify an individual.

Hankins said no air travelers have been denied a seat on an airplane in the state because of the problem, but security officials are concerned about its impact elsewhere.

“They’re worried about airports around the country,” Hankins said. The missing information could cause some Oklahoma air passengers to be delayed while security personnel verify their identities.

“It’s not the license holder themselves. It just the issuance process isn’t being done correctly,” Hankins said. “They’re just not being careful.”

He said state officials are contacting each of the 264 tag agencies that issue driver’s licenses notifying them of the problem, even if the agency has not produced faulty licenses, Hankins said.

“It’s a small percentage of that number but it’s more than should be happening,” he said.

Hankins said licenses with errors should be returned to the agency that produced it, where a new one will be issued free of charge.

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