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Oklahoma State Immigration Laws

Welcome to FindLaw's coverage of existing Oklahoma legislation and rules related to individuals' immigration status. Below you will find information on what, if any, rules Oklahoma has regarding immigration checks by law enforcement, educational institutions, and employers, as well as the existence of E-Verify requirements, restrictions on public benefits based on an individual's immigration status, and more.

Law Enforcement and Immigration in Oklahoma

State and local police are required to verify the immigration status of detainees and report illegal aliens to federal immigration authorities.

As part of the 287(g) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ACCESS Program, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office cooperates directly with federal authorities in the enforcement of immigration laws.

Under a federal program called "Secure Communities," all arrestees are fingerprinted and run through a federal database which checks their criminal record and immigration status.

Employment Checks

Independent contractors who fail to produce a valid Social Security Number are required to have state income tax withheld.

Oklahoma E-Verify Requirements

Public employers, contractors and subcontractors must participate in E-Verify.

Driver's License/ID Requirements

The issuance of driver's licenses and most other state identification documents are restricted to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

Public Benefits Restrictions

Immigration status verification is required for public benefit recipients 14 years of age and older.

Under federal law, illegal immigrants are prohibited from receiving most public benefits. However, they are allowed to receive emergency services, health care and other programs that have been deemed "necessary to protect life and safety."

Education Checks

N/A

Voting ID Rules

Valid identification required for voting. Must be a document that shows a name that "substantially conforms" to the name on the registry; photograph; expiration date later than the election date; and which was issued by the U.S., the state of Oklahoma or an Indian tribe or nation.

A valid voter registration card may serve as proof of identification without satisfying the above requirements.

Housing Ordinances and Immigration

N/A

Other Immigration Rules

It is a crime to knowingly transport, harbor or shelter illegal immigrants.

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