Harrisburg, PA – Although there have been some major differences in federal and state regulations for the new REAL ID cards, it’s now clear that we shouldn’t have any problems using our current cards until about a year from now.

The Wolf Administration has been notified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension through Aug. 1, 2019.

This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through at least that date.

“I am thankful that DHS has recognized Pennsylvania’s efforts in becoming compliant with the REAL ID Act,” said Gov. Tom Wolf.

“PennDOT has been working diligently to prepare for REAL ID, and we look forward to being able to offer REAL ID-compliant products as an option for our customers.”

REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available at the customer’s option in March of 2019.

Customers are encouraged to pre-verify for REAL ID, with the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services Web site.

More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions, can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov.

A sample of how the new REAL ID licenses would look.

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