In light of the Oklahoma Attorney General's recent opinion concerning state agency responsibilities in implementing HB 1804, the Department of Environmental Quality is changing its procedures for obtaining or renewing individual licenses/certifications. Oklahoma’s immigration law, the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, became effective November 1, 2007. The Act requires that all state agencies verify “lawful presence” of any natural person over the age of 14 applying for state benefits, including agency issued licenses and certifications. This change affects every individual applying for a license/certification or renewing an existing license/certification.
As a result of the immigration law (HB 1804), applicants who are United States citizens must provide DEQ with a signed and notarized Affidavit Regarding Citizenship (the affidavit must be signed in the presence of a notary public).
For all non-U.S. citizens, applicants must provide DEQ with an Affidavit Regarding Citizenship signed in the presence of a notary public and documentation demonstrating “lawful presence.” A list of acceptable documents is included in the link below or applicants can call their license program contact.
Additionally, DEQ is required to enter all non-U.S. citizens into the Department of Homeland Security’s Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program in order to verify eligibility for agency issued licenses and certifications.
DEQ will notarize Affidavits Regarding Citizenship at no cost at the agency’s Oklahoma City office during normal business hours. Applicants can also have the affidavit notarized at their own expense by any notary public. Applications can be dropped off in person or sent by mail.