HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is in full compliance with the federal REAL ID Act and regulation, PennDOT announced Monday. The state Department of Transportation reportedly was notified of the compliance by the federal Department of Homeland Security.
“This DHS designation is the culmination of countless hours of PennDOT employees’ efforts to meet federal requirements and ensure smooth travel and services for Pennsylvanians,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a news release. “I am gratified that our optional program is in place well ahead of the federal deadline of next fall and we are providing convenient, secure services for customers.”
PennDOT has issued more than 138,000 REAL IDs since they became available on March 1.
“I am extremely proud of our team for reaching this designation and for also implementing an enhanced customer experience at our new and retrofitted centers,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “I strongly urge customers who may want a REAL ID to do so as soon as possible to avoid a potential rush at next year’s deadline.”
A federally accepted form of identification — such as a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. passport, military ID, etc. — must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on and after Oct. 1, 2020.
There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID, and PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.