PennDOT Tuesday said more than 140,000 Pennsylvanians are already pre-verified for Real ID, a federally accepted form of identification that will allow state residents to use their state driver’s license to board commercial flights or visit a secured building starting Oct. 1, 2020.
Real ID is still optional for state residents, and PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs. For someone who does not get a Real ID verified license, he or she must use other federally accepted forms of identification, such as a passport or military ID, to board flights or visit military bases and other federal buildings.
For those who wish to get pre-verified, residents can bring required Real ID documentation to any PennDOT driver’s license center, and then later apply online once Real IDs are available in March and receive their new license or photo ID in the mail.
PennDOT may already have electronic documents on file for about 35 percent of its customers, including people who received their first driver’s license or ID card after September 2003. These customers have had the option to apply for Real ID pre-verification online since March 2018.
Everyone else will have to bring the documents in person to be verified.
The required documents include proof of identity (original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal or valid U.S. passport), proof of Social Security Number (Social Security card), two proofs of current physical Pennsylvania address (current, unexpired driver’s license, current vehicle registration, vehicle insurance card, utility bill, etc.) and proof of all legal name changes (certified marriage certificate or court order issued by county family court).
PennDOT said its staff will add the images of the documents to the customer’s record, so when Real ID is available this March, customers can opt into the program online or come back to a driver’s license center. To obtain a Real ID, customers will have to pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee. The current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or a photo ID.
For more information about Real ID in Pennsylvania, visit www.penndot.gov/REALID.