Real ID to be available in March

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Starting in October 2020, if you want to board a domestic flight or enter certain federal buildings, you will need a passport, military ID, or a Real ID. 

PennDOT has an online pre-verification process set up to check if PennDOT has the documents they need from you already on file. That's the case for 35 percent of customers. 

If you got your first driver's license or ID card before September of 2003, you'll need to bring proof of identity, address and Social Security number to a driver's license center starting next month. 

Then in March, you can opt into the Real ID program. 

That's when you'll be able to order a Real ID online by paying a one-time $30 fee on top of a $30.50 renewal fee. 

You won't have to go into a driver's license center, as the ID will be mailed to you. The card will have an expiration date of four years plus any time you have left on your current license. 

Not everyone needs a Real ID. They will be needed at airports and federal buildings starting in 2020 to help increase national security. 

PennDOT expects only about 25 percent of people to get one. 

"We understand that Real ID can seem confusing. Which is why we're working hard to communicate with our customers so that they understand whether the Real ID is right for them and what they need to do to prepare," said Kurt Myers, PennDOT deputy secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services. 

PennDOT is also retrofitting six of their driver's license centers and building five new ones to allow for Real IDs. 

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