Soon everyone in Pennsylvania will be able to apply for Real ID as the commonwealth catches up to the rest of the country in complying with federal law.
Next month, most Pennsylvanians can qualify for a Real ID by providing proof of their current address, a Social Security card and proof of identification, such as a passport or birth certificate, writes Katie Meyer at whyy.org.
Those who got their first driver’s license or state ID after 2003 already qualify for Real ID because the necessary documents are already on file with PennDOT.
Real IDs cost $30 and meet federal anti-terrorism standards, but they are optional and aren’t necessary to legally drive.
Beginning in October 2020, current Pennsylvania licenses won’t be accepted as identification to board planes, so people who don’t have Real IDs will have to show a passport if they want to fly, said Kurt Myers, PennDOT’s deputy secretary for driver and vehicle services.
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