REAL IDs Are Now Available In Pa.

March 2, 2019

Pennsylvania residents planning to use their driver’s licenses or other state IDs to board domestic flights and enter secure federal buildings next year can now get federally mandated REAL IDs, which PennDOT began offering Friday. Residents need the IDs — or other forms of federally acceptable identification, such as passports and military IDs — starting Oct. 1, 2020. All states must offer identification cards that comply with uniform security standards in the federal REAL ID Act, which Congress passed in 2005 at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. The standards include security features, uniform descriptive information, and machine-readable technology. Pennsylvania is one the dozen states granted extensions to comply with federal law. Twelve PennDOT centers throughout the state — including Luzerne County — offer same-day REAL IDs. More than 140,000 Pennsylvanians — about 1.5 percent of PennDOT’s customers — pre-verified for REAL IDs before they became available, meaning PennDOT has already authenticated the identifying documents they need to qualify. These residents now can order their REAL ID-compliant cards and receive them in the mail in about 10 business days without having to go to a PennDOT office. The cards will cost $60.50 — a one-time $30 fee, plus the $30.50 fee PennDOT charges for ID renewals.