PennDOT introduced the “next generation” Pennsylvania driver’s license and photo identification (ID) cards, which will be phased in over the next four years and replace the current products. As part of its ongoing efforts to help protect customers against counterfeiting, fraud and identity theft, PennDOT has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products. However, this update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act.
- PennDOT began rolling out the new Digital Driver’s License system on June 19, 2017 with a pilot program at the Harrisburg Customer Service Center. Since there are 71 Driver License Centers and 97 Photo License Centers across the Commonwealth, PennDOT is using a phased-in approach. Rollout is scheduled to be completed by October 2017.
- Both current and new card designs will be in circulation during the transition period.
- Current cards will be phased out during the normal renewal process – no need to replace current products, although customers are welcome to do so by requesting a duplicate product and paying the appropriate fee.
- Non-expired cards using the current design will be valid during the transition period.
- The new cards are not REAL ID-compliant. System, building infrastructure and process changes will be necessary for Pennsylvania to issue REAL ID-compliant products. PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available as a customer option in 2019.