HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvanians may need an alternative, secure form of identification to get into federal facilities starting Jan. 30 because of a state law barring compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Thursday that the federal Department of Homeland Security put the state on notice this week.
A 2012 state law prohibits Pennsylvania from participating in the 2005 federal law’s requirements. The Real ID Act set national standards for driver’s licenses and other IDs used for boarding commercial flights and entering federal buildings in an effort to fight terrorism.
Pennsylvania must comply or provide a reason why an extension to comply should be granted. The only exception is to apply for or receive federal benefits.
In 2018, Pennsylvanians could need an alternative form of identification to board a commercial flight.