REAL ID pre-verification now available for eligible customers

PennDOT opened online application Thursday for REAL ID pre-verification. 

Customers who are interested in obtaining a REAL ID and who obtained their first driver's license of photo ID after September 2003 are eligible. 

"Our goal is to offer REAL ID to our customers in a way that is customer-focused and efficient," said Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards in a news release. "We are happy to offer these customers an opportunity to obtain a voluntary REAL ID without having to visit a driver's license center.

PennDOT says it may already have electronic documents on file for about 35 percent of its total customers. 

Once you've completed the pre-verification application, PennDOT will review your record and verify documents on file. After, expect a follow-up communication from PennDOT about the status of your application. 

If and when you are verified, you can opt into the REAL ID program online starting spring 2019 when they become available. You can then pay the one-time $30 fee, plus the renewal fee (as the REAL ID will include any time left on your current license plus the period of renewal), and your REAL ID will be be sent through the mail. 

If PennDOT doesn't have all your documents on file, you'll receive communication telling you to bring any required documentation into a PennDOT Driver's License Center beginning September 2018. 

As a reminder, REAL ID is an option for Pennsylvania residents. You can still board commercial flights by showing your U.S. Passport, military ID or another form of identification. 

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