Pennsylvania submits request for REAL ID enforcement extension

For Abington Journal | September 11th, 2017 7:13 pm

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania submitted a request for a REAL ID enforcement extension from the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Pennsylvania’s current extension, which applies to residents’ access to federal facilities, will expire on Oct. 10, 2017. There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until Jan. 22, 2018.

Per federal requirements, persons without a state-issued REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or photo ID must present an alternative form of DHS-compliant identification unless the state issuing the driver’s license or photo ID has an extension granted by DHS. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, all air travelers will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo identification card or an acceptable alternative identification as approved by the Transportation Security Administration to board domestic commercial aircraft or enter a federal facility that requires identification without a secondary form of DHS-approved identification.

The extension request includes PennDOT’s plan to meet the REAL ID requirements for customers choosing to obtain a REAL ID product. The plan is focused on an efficient, straightforward approach emphasizing on customer service.

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Information provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.