HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (WTAJ) — Gov. Josh Shapiro is helping streamline the REAL ID process by expanding the documents accepted for Social Security identification.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Wednesday that it will accept five documents for those wishing to obtain a REAL ID. Prior to this change, only Social Security cards were accepted.
For those interested, the following are available:
- social security card
- W-2 form
- SSA-1099 Form
- Non-SSA-1099 Forms
- Payslip with the applicant’s name and full social security number
“Governor Shapiro made it clear that the federal government should help people succeed, not get in the way. Under his direction, PennDOT will make services more streamlined and effective for the people of Pennsylvania. We are working to bring it to life,” said PennDOT Director Mike Carroll. “While obtaining a REAL ID compliant driver license or ID card is voluntary in Pennsylvania, we want to make the process as convenient as possible while still adhering to federal regulations. I have confirmed that the security and integrity of the REAL ID program will not be compromised.”
These changes are a direct result of bipartisan cooperation between the Shapiro administration and the General Assembly, according to the release.
Rep. Kelly Benninghoff, chairman of the Republican committee, said, “I’ve been proposing a similar bill in Congress this past week, and Governor Shapiro will mirror the language of my bill to create a form of identification that can be used to purchase a REAL ID. I’m naturally happy to see it expand,” he said. House Transportation Committee. “Application guidelines must be strict, but they must also be realistic. In this case, there are certainly multiple legal ways to show proof that a Pennsylvanian has a Social Security number. ”
This adjustment does not change the rules for names used to prove social security numbers. The name on the certificate must still be the applicant’s current legal name. Otherwise, the customer must update the name on the paperwork and provide updated proof of the social security number to apply.
What are REAL IDs used for?
After May 7, 2025, Pennsylvania will require a REAL-ID compliant license, identification, or other federally recognized You will need a form of identification (such as a valid passport or military ID). Facilities that require ID at the entrance. REAL ID was supposed to launch on May 3, 2023, but Homeland Security has pushed the date back to December 2022.
If you’re interested in getting your REAL ID, though it’s not required, you can do so in three ways. If the customer is pre-authorized, she can order her REAL ID online and the REAL ID will be mailed to her. You can visit any PennDOT driver license center that accepts driver license services, or you can visit any of his 13 REAL Id centers to pick up your product the same day.
REAL IDs cost a one-time fee of $30 plus applicable renewal fees (currently $36.50 for 4-year non-commercial driver licenses and $38.50 for photo IDs) ). According to the release, PennDOT has issued about 2 million REAL ID products so far.
See the DMV for more information on REAL IDs. See website for details.
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