REAL ID Legislation Passed By General Assembly

(HARRISBURG) – The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed legislation to bring state law into compliance with the requirements of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27). 

Under Senate Bill 133, sponsored by Senator Kim Ward (R-39), the Department of Transportation must provide each eligible applicant with the option to obtain either a standard-issue driver’s license or photo identification card or a REAL ID, which would cost slightly more.  The Department must include a brief description that outlines the content, requirements and restrictions of each type of identification.

“I am pleased that we were able to find middle ground on this issue,” said Senator Gordner.  “This bill will allow our residents the option of selecting the type of identification that suits their lifestyle and travelling needs.”

Federal law requires the use of a REAL ID for entering governmental buildings and military bases or for people 18 and older to board any domestic or international commercial flight.  In January, the federal government granted an extension to June 6, 2017 for Pennsylvania to demonstrate compliance with the REAL ID Act.  If these changes were not enacted, citizens would not be able to board flights without a passport, including domestic flights, starting in January 2018.

The measure now goes to Governor Tom Wolf, who is anticipated to sign the legislation into law. 


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