AAA Supports Governor Wolf’s Signage of REAL ID Legislation Ahead of Federal Compliance Deadline
PHILADELPHIA, PA, (May 26, 2017) – Governor Tom Wolf today signed SB133, known as the Pennsylvania REAL ID Compliance Act (Act 3 of 2017), which will allow Pennsylvania to offer residents an optional REAL ID-compliant driver license or state identification card, which can be used to access airports, and federal facilities.
AAA Statement in Support of REAL ID in Pennsylvania:
“AAA has long supported Pennsylvania adopting REAL ID and we thank Governor Wolf and the Legislature for their commitment to ensuring that Pennsylvania identification will comply with standards required by the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005. We understand there remains much work to bring Pennsylvania into compliance and we encourage PennDOT to take the necessary action, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, to determine how to best implement REAL ID in the coming months. It is somewhat fitting that Governor Wolf would sign SB133 into law as the Memorial Day holiday weekend gets underway. Nearly 1.5 million Pennsylvania’s will travel for Memorial Day weekend and in the future they will be able to do so without worry that their identification is not compliant to travel to their chosen destination.”
Under the federal REAL ID Act, beginning January 22, 2018, residents in states that have not come into compliance with federal requirements or obtained an extension will need to show an alternative form of identification such as a passport at airports and when accessing federal buildings and military bases. PennDOT anticipates the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will continue to issue extensions to Pennsylvania until REAL ID products are available for residence. Under SB133, no Pennsylvania resident will be required to get a REAL ID-compliant driver license or identification card, but residents who choose to do so will be able to use those forms of identification when the new federal requirements go into effect.
System, building infrastructure and process changes will be necessary for Pennsylvania to issue REAL ID-compliant products. Work will begin immediately and PennDOT estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available by March 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to get one before the final DHS effective date of October 1, 2020.
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