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PA Real ID

As you may have heard, REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards that will be acceptable for federal purposes.  Beginning October 1st of 2020 (that’s right – next year, not this year) you will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or another form of federally-acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.  In Pennsylvania, REAL ID is optional.  For PA residents, in order to obtain a REAL ID compliant license, you will need to contact PennDOT.

It is possible that PennDOT may already have your REAL ID documentation on file.  To find out if your required REAL ID documents are on file with PennDOT, apply for REAL ID pre-verification online.  If PennDOT confirms that your documents are on file, you can order your REAL ID online.  Pre-verified customers may apply online and receive their REAL IDs in the mail within 15 business days.   Otherwise, you will need to go to a PennDOT Driver’s License center or PennDOT REAL ID center and bring the following documentation:

  • Proof of identity: Original or certified copy of a birth certificate filed with the state office of vital records with a raised/embossed seal — issued by an authorized government agency — or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport.
  • Proof of Social Security number: Social Security card.
  • Two proofs of current, physical PA address (if applicable): Examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card or utility bill with the same name and address.
  • Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order, or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court.

If you would like to learn more, please visit www.PennDOT.gov/REALID.

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