HARRISBURG, PA. (WENY) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Tuesday option REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and photo ID cards are now available for Pennsylvania residents.

Effective October 1, 2020, a REAL ID-compliant ID card, military ID or a US Passport must be used to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building.

Federal REAL ID regulations require PennDOT verify an individual's identity, social security number, state residency and name changes (if applicable), even if they already have Pennsylvania driver's license or ID card.

More information about document requirements can be found here.

Those getting their REAL ID card can either order them online if they have been pre-verified. They may also visit any PennDOT Driver's License Center. Once their documents have been verified, their REAL ID card will be mailed within 15 business days.

When a customer gets their first REAL ID product, they 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 product will include any time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over 65 and has a two-year license. This expiration date structure means that the customer won’t “lose” time that they’ve already paid for. After the initial REAL ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.

REAL ID-compliant products are marked with a gold star in the upper right corner, standard-issue (non-compliant) products include the phrase “Not for REAL ID Purposes,” per federal regulations. Sample images can be viewed on PennDOT’s website.
More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.