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REAL ID Pre-verification Opens To All Pennsylvanians Sept. 4

PennDOT allows in-person verification ahead of March 2019 availability

August 27, 2018 - 1:32 pm
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By Jennifer Bloodworth for NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

HARRISBURG (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Pennsylvania is coming closer to becoming REAL ID compliant following several extensions since the identification requirements were made law in 2005.

Pennsylvanians who received their first ID card or driver’s license after September 2003 have been eligible for online pre-verification for REAL ID since March. That’s about 35 percent of PennDOT’s customers.

PennDOT announced Monday all other customers are eligible to apply for REAL ID pre-verification in-person starting Saturday Sept. 1. However, driver license centers will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Labor Day. 

Those who received their initial ID before 2003 will need to bring required documents to any PennDOT driver’s license center for verification before they can receive their REAL ID, available March 2019.

Prior to issuing a REAL ID-compliant card, federal regulations mandate PennDOT must verify documents proving an individual’s identity, social security number, legal name changes, and current physical Pennsylvania address.

Anyone pre-verified will be able to opt in to the REAL ID program online, pay a one-time fee of $30 plus a renewal fee and have the new ID card mailed to them.

Once available in March 2019, customers will also be able to have documents verified at a driver’s license center and their REAL ID will be mailed to them or visit a REAL ID Center where they can get the card over-the-counter at the time of service.

PennDOT plans to add a new REAL ID Center in the Pittsburgh area in the next year.

REAL ID ID cards and driver’s licenses will be optional for Pennsylvanians.

Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant license, identification card or an acceptable alternative identification as approved by TSA to board domestic commercial flights or enter a federal facility without a secondary form of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved identification.

Per the most recent extension allows PennDOT-issued driver's licenses and identification cards to be used to enter federal facilities and board domestic commercial flights through October 10, 2018.

PennDOT and the Wolf administration will continue to seek additional extensions until being fully compliant with the REAL ID Act.

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