REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards are now available to Pennsylvanians through the Department of Motor Vehicles (PennDOT). REAL IDs are optional, but will be required for boarding domestic flights, visiting military bases and entering federal facilities that require IDs after October 1, 2020.
The REAL ID Act is a federal law that determines the requirements for acceptable identification for federal purposes. Residents who choose not to get the READ ID driver’s license or ID card will have to show a federally-accepted form of ID, such as a valid passport or military ID after October 1, 2020.
To apply for a REAL ID, residents will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (currently $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or a photo ID) for a total of $60.50. The new REAL ID driver’s license will include any time remaining on your current driver’s license or ID card, plus an additional four years. The only exception is for driver’s over age 65 who have opted for two-year license renewal. Applicants will need the following documents:
- Proof of identity – Original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal, issue by an authorized government agency or a valid U.S. Passport.
- Proof of social security number – Social Security Card
- Proof of all legal name changes – Marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court.
- Two proofs of current, physical PA address – ie. Current, unexpired Pa. license or ID and a no more than 90-day-old bank statement or utility bill with the same name and address.
For additional information on REAL ID documentation requirements and to download the printable document checklist, visit www.PennDOT.gov/REALID and click “Document Check.”