Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will start pre-qualifying residents who want to receive Real IDs when they become available in March, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Real ID driver’s license meets federal anti-terrorism standards and will allow Pennsylvanians to board commercial airliners, as well as enter certain secure federal buildings. It’s optional and will cost $30.
Residents who are not interested in getting a Real ID will still be able to use their current driver’s licenses for driving and general identification purposes.
To pre-qualify for a Real ID, you have to provide proof of current address and a Social Security card. You also have to provide another proof of identification if you obtained your first Pennsylvania driver’s license before September 2003.
This can include a passport, a birth certificate, or a certificate of U.S. citizenship.
Federal Real ID standards will take effect in the Commonwealth on Oct. 10. However, the Wolf Administration is currently working on getting an extension from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to allow people more time to complete the process.
Read more about Real IDs in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.