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Is Pennsylvania’s Real ID a Real Pain?

As of March 2019, Real IDs are available to Pennsylvania residents. We do everything we can to help our clients to sleep better at night, so we want to provide you with the basics and some links to resources to help clear up any confusion around Pennsylvania’s Real IDs. Being that McConkey is tucked away in York County, we have received many questions from Pennsylvania residents regarding Real IDs. While we are not lawyers and cannot provide legal advice, we do want to provide you a helping starting place for additional information and resources.

What is a Real ID?
These new drivers licenses actually don’t have much impact on how you drive, but how you fly. When they take effect, Real IDs will allow you to board commercial flights, visit military bases and enter secured federal facilities. According to U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills, “The Department of Homeland Security felt that they needed a more secure form of identification if you wanted to travel on airplanes or go into federal buildings.” Real ID also adds an added level of validity to a drivers license, as they are much more difficult to forge.   

How do I get a Real ID?
You can get a Real ID at any drivers license center. You’ll need to complete an application. It costs $30 and requires all of the following:

  • Two proofs of current address – such as a valid drivers license, bank statement or utility bill from the past three months
  • Social Security card – must be unlaminated
  • Passport or birth certificate
  • You may also need to provide proof of legal name change, such as a marriage license or order from family court.

After your application is submitted and documents are provided, it will take 7-10 days to receive your card in the mail.

Is there a deadline to get a Real ID?
Federal Real ID standards will begin in PA come October 2020, but the Real ID itself is optional. If you don’t have a Real ID, you’ll need a valid passport to board a domestic or international flight.

How long is a Real ID good for?
In addition to whatever time is left on a current license, Real IDs are good for four years. However, they are only good for two years if you are over age 65 with a two-year license. 

Does this impact my car insurance policy?
Real ID is not necessary to legally drive. Whether you have it or not, the Real ID itself should not affect your car insurance policy whatsoever.

For other frequently asked questions and resources, visit PennDOT.gov.

The way we see it, Pennsylvania’s Real ID is not a real pain. When it comes to insurance, it doesn’t impact your policy at all. But, we are always here to answer your questions the best we can through our own experts or by connecting you to the best resources.

Jody Czap, CISR

Author Jody Czap, CISR

Personal Lines Supervisor
jczap@ekmcconkey.com
717-505-3133

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