This means, when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, customers can apply for their REAL ID online instead of having to go back to the driver license center.
Pennsylvanians will eventually have to show the new kind of ID to board domestic commercial flights, if you don't have a passport or another approved form of identification.
Getting a REAL ID is optional and not necessary to drive.
Beginning October 1, 2020, in order to fly or enter a federal building or military installation that require ID, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID compliant driver's license, identification card, or acceptable, alternative ID that's approved by the TSA such as a valid passport or military ID.
Federal Real ID standards take effect in Pennsylvania on October 10, 2018, although the Wolf administration is asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for an extension.
PennDOT says until May 2017, Pennsylvania law prohibited them from complying with the federal REAL ID Act. Act 3 of 2017 repealed this prior legislation and allowed PennDOT to seek REAL ID compliance.
In order to pre-qualify, PennDOT will need to verify your identity, your social security number, and your Pennsylvania residency, even if you already have a Pennsylvania driver's license or photo ID card.
PennDOT's 71 Driver's License Centers will be equipped to verify these documents for customers who want a REAL ID.
All documents must be original versions or certified copies (if applicable), no photocopies will be accepted.
PennDOT has released a checklist on what documents you should bring to the license center for pre-verification.
A REAL ID will cost $30. The expiration date of your first REAL ID license or ID card will include any time remaining on your current license or ID card, plus an additional four years.
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Homeland Security: REAL ID
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