Oct. 07, 2019 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) 

PennDOT is reminding Pennsylvania residents that in one year federal enforcement of the REAL ID Act will begin at airports and secure federal facilities nationwide.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, a federally accepted form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door.

To date, more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians have chosen to get a REAL ID-compliant product. The department anticipates that approximately 1.3 million residents will get a REAL ID before the deadline.

Three options are available for obtaining a REAL ID:
  • If a customer has been pre-verified, he or she may order a REAL ID online and receive it in the mail within 15 business days.
  • Customers can visit one of PennDOT’s 63 driver’s license centers, have their documents verified, pay the one-time fee, and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within 15 business days.
  • Visit one of the 12 REAL ID centers to have their documents verified, pay the one-time fee, and receive their REAL ID product over the counter at the time of service.
Of the 12 PennDOT centers statewide, seven are existing driver’s license centers upgraded to allow for over-the-counter issuance of REAL ID, including the center in Wilkes-Barre located at 1085 Hanover St.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on required documents, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.


Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
RepToohil.com / Facebook.com/RepToohil
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