Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government "set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses." The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.
Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanian Residents will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally-acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board any domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.
Where can you get your REAL ID?
1. Visit any PennDOT Driver License Center to have your documents verified and imaged, receive your REAL ID in the mail within 15 business days
2. Visit a PennDOT REAL ID Driver License Center statewide to have your documents verified and imaged, receive your REAL ID at the time of service. To find a REAL ID Center near you, go to www.PennDOT.gov/REALID, and click on "REAL ID Center Locations."
You will need to bring the following documents to the center:
1. Proof of identity
- Certified copy of a birth certificate filed with the State Office of Vital Records/Statistics with a raised/embossed seal or a valid, unexpired, U.S. Passport or Passport Card.
2. Proof of Social Security Social Security card in your current legal name (laminated/unlaminated).
3. Two proofs of current, physical PA address Examples: Current, unexpired PA driver's license or photo ID card; PA vehicle registration card; valid auto insurance card; computer ¬generated utility bill showing name and address; W¬2 form/pay stub All documents must be in current legal name.
4. Proof of all legal name changes, if applicable Certified marriage certificate(s), for each marriage to track name changes, issued by the county court (Clerk of Orphans Court, Registrar of Wills, etc.). Court order(s) approving a change of legal name Original or certified copy of an amended birth certificate issued by State Office of Vital Records/Statistics For additional information on REAL ID
Don’t wait to the last minute to upgrade your ID. Be sure to tell your friends and family of the impending changes as well. There would be nothing worse than getting to the airport and finding out you can’t fly.