Skip to content

There are several different occasions in life where a person must show proof of their identity. This can include flying on a plane or entering federal buildings. People often use their driver’s licenses in these situations to prove their identity. It is because of this that it is important for people to know that the laws regarding these identifications are changing within the new year. As of October 1, 2020, everyone in the United States will be required to have a Real ID license in order to have access to these locations. The following information is important to be aware of with the deadline less than a year away.

What is Real ID?

Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005 after a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission that the Federal Government set new standards for issuing identifications. The Act set minimum security standards for states to issue driver’s licenses. Beginning on October 1, Federal agencies can no longer accept identification cards that do not meet these new standards for official purposes. This includes entering Federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft. It is important to understand that a Real ID is not an extra identification card, but more like an upgraded license.

How Do I Get a Real ID?

It is easy to put things off, especially when they are not needed for another year. While a year can seem far away, the process of obtaining a Real ID requires preparation and waiting period. It is because of this that it is important to not wait until the last minute to apply for it. This is because anyone who shows up at an airport or federal building after the designated date will not be permitted entry without the right identification.

In order to apply for a Real ID, applicants must gather the necessary documents, wait at the nearest Department of Motor Vehicles, and receive their identification card in the mail after. During this time, they are required to prove who they are, where they live, and what their social security number is. This can be done with proper documentation showing the following:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Two proofs of address of principal residence
  • Lawful status

Contact our Firm

Attorney Newman has represented clients in Pennsylvania for over 45 years. If you need an experienced attorney to help guide you through the personal injury claims process or with any criminal defense matters, Attorney Newman is ready to help. Contact The Law Office of Neal E. Newman today to schedule a consultation.

Read Our Latest Blog Posts

Do I need an attorney for a first or second DUI offense in PA?

If you’ve experienced a first or second DUI offense in PA, your liberty is at stake. A conviction could have a severe impact on your current job, your career, and your ability to drive. And if you were intoxicated while driving because of a substance abuse problem, you should consider…

Read More
How Can Drowsy Driving Cause a Pennsylvania Car Accident?

When people are given a driver’s license, it is done on the contingency that they will operate their vehicle safely. Individuals who fail to do so and drive negligently can put not only themselves, but others in harm’s way. There are many actions that are considered negligent driving, such as…

Read More