What is REAL ID?
The REAL ID Act is a federal law passed by Congress after Sept. 11, 2001, that establishes specific minimum federal standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards to be accepted for certain federal purposes, like entering a federal building or boarding a domestic commercial flight. Enforcement of the REAL ID Act begins on October 1, 2020.
When will REAL IDs be available in PA?
REAL IDs are now available to Pennsylvanians who want them.
When do I need to get a REAL ID, if I don’t have a passport and want to us my PA driver’s license or ID card to board a domestic flight?
Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant license, identification card or an acceptable alternative identification as approved by TSA (such as a passport) to board domestic commercial flights or enter a federal facility without a secondary form of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved identification.
Can I board a plane with the license I have now?
Yes. Current PennDOT-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards will remain acceptable identification for boarding domestic commercial flights until
October 1, 2020. After that date, Pennsyvlanians will need a REAL ID or another acceptable alternative identification as approved by TSA (such as a passport).
For additional information on identification accepted by TSA, visit their website or call 866-289-9673.
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