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 License||REAL 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.