After October 1, 2021, anyone going through airport security or entering most federal buildings will need a Real ID, a passport or a military identification.
PennDOT estimates that nearly 300,000 Pennsylvanians haven’t applied for their Real ID yet. Kurt Myers, PennDOT’s deputy secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services, believes that the department shouldn’t have any problem handling that many customers by the deadline.
“We’re by no means at full capacity right now,” Myers said. “We can certainly handle more people. We want to be sure we are meeting our customers’ needs as well as we can while keeping them safe.”
PennDOT plans to make a big marketing push early in 2021 to remind residents that the cards are available and the deadline is looming.
“We’re still planning to do the campaign that had been set for last summer,” Myers said. “That will definitely occur.”