HARRISBURG, Pa. (WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Monday that the Department of Homeland Security certified the state as REAL ID compliant, which increases security for driver’s licenses and identification cards.
“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 press 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.”
Under federal REAL ID regulations, PennDOT must verify a customer’s identity, social security number, Pennsylvania residency and any name changes.
According to PennDOT, it issued more than 138,000 REAL IDs since 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,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards. “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.”
REAL IDs cost a one-time $30 fee and a $30.50 renewal fee for four years.
For more information, visit the Pennsylvania DMV’s website.