“This law centers on choice for the individual. Some people may not need REAL ID-compliant identification and will instead choose only to maintain their driver’s license. Others may wish to use a passport they already have. That’s the beauty of this law – Pennsylvanians can decide what’s best for them without being financially impacted by the identification needs of others,” Santora said.
Residents who choose the standard form of identification must have a passport or other REAL ID-compliant identification to board an airplane or enter a federal building once the new system is in place.
Offering residents a choice allows Pennsylvania to comply with the requirements of federal law while also avoiding unnecessary burdens on taxpayers who would face higher costs for the new form of identification.
It is not yet clear how long it will take to fully implement REAL ID in Pennsylvania, so the Commonwealth will be requesting an extension from the federal government. Assuming the extension is granted, Pennsylvanians will be able to continue using their current form of state-issued identification to board airplanes or enter federal buildings until final implementation is complete.