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Legal Information: Oklahoma

Restraining Orders

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November 20, 2019

Do I have to register my protective order in Oklahoma to get it enforced?

No. Oklahoma state law gives full protection to an out-of-state protection order (even if it has provisions that would not be allowed on an Oklahoma protective order). It can be enforced by a law enforcement officer as long as you can show the officer a copy of the order and can truthfully tell the officer that you believe the order is still in effect. The order does not have to be entered into the state or federal registry in order to be enforced by an Oklahoma police officer, but the officer does need to believe that it is a valid (real) order.1 It can also be enforced by a court in Oklahoma if you file a court action for enforcement.2

1 22 O.S. §§ 60.9(D), 60.12(A)
2 22 O.S. § 60.23