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.
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."
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
Other Immigration Rules
It is a crime to knowingly transport, harbor or shelter illegal immigrants.
- Report of the Task Force on Oklahoma Illegal Immigration Issues - Presented by Okalahoma State Senator Daisy Lawler in 2007 (PDF).
- Immigration Information and Resources - Index of various immigration issues pertaining to Oklahoma (Oklahoma Policy Institute).
- Know Your Rights - Guide to protecting yourself and your family during immigration raids (PDF, CASA of Maryland and other organizations).