PennDOT has said that REAL ID licenses are now available to state residents, writes Becky Metrick for the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
Anyone opting for the REAL ID does not have to exchange their current license, and PennDOT will still offer standard issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.
REAL ID licenses are a federally accepted form of identification, together with a U.S. passport and military ID, and will be required for air travel in the near future. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, federally accepted IDs will be required when boarding a commercial flight or visiting a secure federal building.
To get a REAL ID, Pennsylvania residents have to provide identity verification, their social security number, proof of state residency, and name changes.
REAL ID can be ordered online by anyone who got their first state drivers license after 2003 and have gone through pre-verification. Customers can also visit one of the PennDOT Driver’s License Centers to have their documents verified and imaged.
Their REAL ID will be sent within 15 days. Customers can also receive them at one of 12 REAL ID Centers.
There is a one-time fee of $30, with a renewal fee of $30.50.
Read more about REAL ID licenses in the Harrisburg Patriot-News here.