Pennsylvanians who want a drivers’ license that allows them to board commercial airliners and enter certain secure federal buildings can soon get one. Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation will begin on September 4 to pre-qualify residents to receive REAL IDs when they become available next March. The IDs cost $30 and meet federal anti-terrorism standards, but are optional and aren’t necessary to legally drive.
Residents who want a REAL ID must provide proof of current address, a Social Security card and proof of identification, such as a passport or birth certificate, if they received their first Pennsylvania drivers’ license before September 2003.
Federal REAL ID standards take effect in Pennsylvania on October 10, although the Wolf administration is asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for an extension.