PennDOT Hosts Real ID Mobile Verification Unit Demo at Aviation Conference

Sept. 17, 2018

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation showcased their new Real ID Mobile Verification Unit at the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania’s 38th annual conference. The three day conference and exhibition brings together the people, companies and innovations that generates $23.6 billion in annual economic impact for Pennsylvania,  provides a lifeline to communities, helps thousands of businesses of all sizes to be more productive and efficient, and provides emergency and humanitarian services to people in need.

Attendees brought their Real ID documents and PennDOT staff imaged the documents to the customer’s driving record without the customer having to visit a PennDOT Driver License Center. Once Real IDs are available in March 2019, these customers will be able to apply for a Real ID online and it will be mailed to them within 7-10 business days.

Aviation Council Executive Director, Debra Bowman, was one of the first people in line to be pre-verified. “We are thrilled to partner with PennDOT to be able to provide this valuable service to our attendees. Educating the public about Real ID is so vital to the aviation industry. Coordination of information dissemination, accurate cost projections, utilization of airport facilities and affordable options are essential to make the implementation of Real ID a smooth transition and provide a needed service to the citizens of Pennsylvania. We stand ready to assist in this endeavor,” said Bowman.

Starting Oct. 1, 2020, a federally-accepted form of identification -- such as a Real ID driver’s license or ID card -- must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building. Pennsylvania does not require Real ID, and PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.

Federal regulations require that to be issued a Real ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify the following documents:

·       Proof of Identity (Original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal or valid U.S. Passport)

·       Proof of Social Security Number (Unlaminated social security card)

·       Proof of all Legal Name Changes (Marriage certificate or court order issued by your county's family court)

·       Two proofs of current, physical Pennsylvania address (current, unexpired PA license or ID and a no more than 90-day-old bank statement or utility bill with the same name and address)

To obtain a Real ID, customers will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or a photo ID). After the initial Real ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a Real ID product.

More information about Real ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for Real ID, can be found at