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Pennsylvanians have another year to get their real IDs


Sund you get your Real ID Again? Time is running out – there is only about a year left before the federal requirement takes effect.

Effective May 3, 2023, all Pennsylvania driver’s licenses that are not actual identification will no longer be accepted as proof of identity for domestic air travel. It is not mandatory, however; you can still travel without a real ID if you bring another form of identification, such as a valid US passport or military ID.

You won’t need an actual ID card to drive, vote, access hospitals, visit the post office, access federal courts, or to receive federal benefits, like Social Security or veterans benefits. fighters. You will, however, need it (or another form of federal identification) to board domestic commercial flights, enter a military base, or enter a federal facility, such as the Downtown U.S. Courthouse, which requires an ID. identity at the door.

To get your Real ID, citizens will need the following:

  • Proof of identity, such as an original or certified copy of your birth certificate or a valid US passport.
  • Proof of Social Security Number — your Social Security card with your current legal name.
  • Proof of current physical address in Pennsylvania, such as a valid driver’s license or ID, vehicle registration, or utility bill with the same name and address.
  • Proof of all legal name changes, if your current legal name is different from the one shown on the ID. This could include a certified marriage license, a court order approving a name change, or an official amended birth certificate.

If you are not yet a US citizenyou will need:

  • Unexpired Employment Authorization Card (EAD) issued by DHS; Forms I-766 or Form 1-688B
  • Valid and unexpired permanent resident card I-551 Permanent resident card (green card) issued by DHS or INS
  • Unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired U.S. visa and an I-94 indicating temporary proof of permanent residency

Your real ID will cost $30, plus an annual renewal fee. Renewal fees for a four-year driver’s license are $30.50 and $31.50 for photo ID. The expiration date of your first real ID card will include any time remaining on your existing license, plus four additional years. The only exception is if you are over 65 and have a two-year license.

Once you have submitted all required documents, you should receive your real ID in the mail within 15 business days. You can also visit one of 13 Real ID centers in the state to get the new over-the-counter card if you prefer.

The deadline comes after a series of pandemic-era postponements. The original deadline was October 1, 2021.

Since March 2019, the state Department of Transportation has distributed approximately 1.6 million real IDs to 8.6 million customers. He estimates that 6.7 million Pennsylvanians currently have licenses or credentials that are not Real ID compliant.

Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes