US gives Pennsylvania Real ID extension until October 2018

'Real ID is a priority for PennDOT,' governor says

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is getting yet another extension to comply with a federal law that requires driver's licenses meet anti-terrorism standards.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's announced Friday that the state received another deferment from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"I am thankful that DHS has recognized Pennsylvania's efforts in becoming compliant with the Real ID Act," Wolf said. "Real ID is a priority for PennDOT, and we look forward to being able to offer REAL ID-compliant products as an option for our customers."

Pennsylvania residents can use their current drivers's licenses to continue accessing federal facilities like courthouses and prisons through next October 10, when a new restriction that also affects commercial air travel takes effect.

Wolf had announced just last week that an extension had been granted an extension through January 22.

Despite the latest extension, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation doesn't expect REAL ID licenses to be issued until March 2019. That means Pennsylvania residents may need a passport to board even domestic flights to meet stiffer federal after October 10.

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