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Pennsylvanians have a year to get REAL ID

May 3, 2023 set as deadline

  • Scott LaMar
A REAL ID driver’s license sample for Pennsylvania.

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A REAL ID driver’s license sample for Pennsylvania.

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Airdate: Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many Pennsylvanians were either in the process of obtaining a REAL ID or asking whether they should or needed one. It actually was a hot topic.

More than two years later, REAL ID is back and the state has set a deadline to get one. May 3, 2023 is that date.

Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to improve national security standards for state-issued identification.

Next May, REAL IDs will be required to board domestic and foreign flights and enter a military base or federal facility. A driver’s license will no longer suffice.

On Tuesday’s Smart Talk, we answer your questions about REAL ID. What documents do you need, how much do they cost and do you need a REAL ID?

Diego Sandino, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Press Officer for Driver and Vehicle Services is with us.

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