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REAL ID


Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally-acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.

Getting a REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents, and they will be available in spring 2019 to Pennsylvanians who want them. 

The chart below shows the difference between a standard ID or driver's license, and a REAL ID:

 Standard ID or Driver's LicenseREAL ID ID or Driver's License
Driving (DL only)✔️✔️
General Identification Purposes✔️✔️
Boarding a Domestic (U.S.) Flight after October 1, 2020✖️✔️
Entering a Federal Facility (that requires ID) or Military Base✖️✔️

Click the icons below to learn more about whether you need a REAL ID,  what documents you will need and steps you can take now to prepare to get an optional REAL ID.

link to REAL ID faqs link to REAL ID document check link to REAL ID wizard link to preverification page