DHS Extends REAL ID Grace Period for PA

The federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended Pennsylvania’s REAL ID enforcement grace period through July 10, which means that Commonwealth residents will not be barred from entering federal facilities through that date, according to Senator Don White.

The grace period goes into effect on Wednesday (June 7). Pennsylvania faced a June 6 deadline set by the DHS to show that it is complying with the federal law or residents could be barred from entering federal buildings and military installations as early as next month and from commercial air travel next year without a passport or military ID.

Within hours of the enactment of Senate Bill 133 (Act 3 of 2017) on May 26, which repealed previous REAL ID nonparticipation legislation and allows the commonwealth to provide REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards at the customer’s option, PENNDOT submitted an extension request to DHS and is currently awaiting DHS response.

DHS has confirmed that REAL ID extension decisions are pending final review and federal agencies have been advised to continue accepting Pennsylvania driver licenses and photo ID cards through the grace period.

The enforcement grace period applies only to entrance to federal facilities. There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until January 22, 2018.

PENNDOT expects to have REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and ID cards available at the customer’s option in 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to get one before the final DHS effective date of October 1, 2020.

For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov. Information about REAL ID enforcement can be found at https://www.dhs.gov/federal-enforcement

 

Contact:          Joe Pittman     jpittman@pasen.gov