Pa. granted REAL ID extension through October 2018

For those of you concerned about our state’s compliance with federal REAL ID requirements, I wanted to share some good news.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has again extended Pennsylvania’s REAL ID enforcement “grace period” through October 10, 2018, as commonwealth officials work toward implementing the REAL ID requirements. 

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

PennDOT anticipates that REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses will be available at the customer’s option in March 2019. Customers are encouraged to begin gathering 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 website.

More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions, can be found at

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