HANOVER TWP., Pa. - If you like to travel or do business at a federal facility, listen up. Starting October 1, you will need a special driver's license or ID to get in.
"The takeaway is that we will not be able to help you get on your flight if you are traveling without a real ID compliant document," said Thomas Stoudt, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority executive director.
Real ID will be required to board domestic flights, or to enter an airbase or federal facility.
Getting one is easy. Just visit a PennDot Drivers License Center. Or, if your first driver's license was issued after September 1 of 2003, sign up online.
You'll need proof of identity, your Social Security card, proof of address, and proof of any name change.
TSA officials say the Real ID is necessary to keep people from using fake documents to gain access to air travel and federal facilities.
A Real ID driver's license or ID costs $30, a one-time fee. Some facilities have a same day turnaround, while others mail one out in about two weeks.
PennDOT says 700,000 people have already gotten a Real ID, and it's anticipated at least 1.3 million will have one by the October deadline.
PennDOT officials the best days to come in are Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. The average wait time is around 23 minutes.