|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, eligible Pennsylvania residents who wish to obtain a REAL ID may begin the pre-verification process. Customers who received their first license before September 2003 and want to obtain a REAL ID will need to bring the required documents to a PennDOT Driver License Center so they can be verified in person. Those documents include:
- Proof of identity (original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal or valid U.S. Passport). Please contact my office if you need a birth certificate. Processing times can take several months.
- Unlaminated Social Security card.
- Proof of all legal name changes (marriage certificate or court order).
- Two proofs of current, physical Pennsylvania address (current, unexpired PA license or ID and a no more than 90-day-old bank statement or utility bill with the same name and address).
PennDOT staff will scan the documents to the customer’s record, and when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, the customer can opt into the REAL ID program online, and their REAL ID will be sent through the mail.
To obtain a REAL ID, customers will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or a photo ID). The expiration date of their initial REAL ID will include any time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over age 65 and has a two-year license.
When REAL IDs are available, customers will have three options for obtaining one: pre-verified customers may order their REAL ID online; they can visit a PennDOT Driver License Center, have their documents verified and scanned, pay the one-time fee, and their REAL ID will be mailed to them; or they can visit one of up to 13 REAL ID Centers and receive their REAL ID over-the-counter at the time of service.
Remember, REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. A federally accepted form of ID must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building after Oct. 1, 2020. There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID and PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office