PA drivers will be able to preorder new licenses with enhanced security


Next month, Pennsylvania drivers will be able to apply for REAL ID pre-verification for the new driver’s licenses.

REAL IDs, which will be available in March of 2019, are optional but have enhanced security features.

Most drivers got their first Pennsylvania license or ID before September of 2003. If you want a REAL ID and are in this group, you’ll need to bring the required documents to a driver’s license center in order to be verified in person for the new license.

Starting September 1, you can bring proof of ID, Social Security number, legal name changes and two proofs of current or physical PA address.

Once REAL IDs are available next year, drivers can opt into the program online and the new license will be mailed to them.

In order to get a REAL ID, a one-time $30 fee is required, along with a renewal fee.

There are currently six REAL ID centers across the state — Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre, Rockview in Center County, Erie, Altoona and Philadelphia.

Five new centers are being added in Pittsburgh, King of Prussia, Allentown, Harrisburg and Lancaster.

Drivers who received their first Pennsylvania license or ID card after September 2003 have had the option to apply for REAL ID pre-verification online since March of this year.

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