REAL ID enforcement grace period extended

I received the following update from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding the REAL ID enforcement. I hope you find this information useful.

Department of Homeland Security Extends REAL ID Enforcement Grace Period

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a REAL ID enforcement grace period through Jan. 22, 2018, which means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through at least that date.

This grace period goes into effect today, Wednesday, Oct. 11, and applies to jurisdictions currently under compliance extensions set to expire Oct. 10. In addition to Pennsylvania, there are 29 total jurisdictions with Oct. 10 extension expirations.

PennDOT submitted an extension request to DHS in early September and is currently awaiting DHS response.

The enforcement grace period applies only to entrance to federal facilities. There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until Jan. 22, 2018.

PennDOT has begun work on the implementation of REAL ID and estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in March 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to get one before the final DHS effective date of Oct. 1, 2020.

Information on REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions, is available at