Documentation Requirements for Getting Your REAL ID in Pennsylvania

Hey there, fellow Pennsylvania residents! We've got some exciting news for you that'll take your adventures to a whole new level. Ever wondered how to get your REAL ID in our beautiful state? Well, look no further! We've got all the info you need to obtain your REAL ID and be ready to explore the world with ease.

So, what exactly is a REAL ID? It's a more secure federal identification that allows you to board commercial flights and access federal facilities, including military bases and certain government buildings. Imagine having the power to take off to new destinations hassle-free. Sounds fantastic, right?!

Documentation Requirements for Getting Your REAL ID in Pennsylvania

Before you set off on this thrilling journey to get your REAL ID, make sure you have the following documents handy:

1. Proof of Identity: Bring your original or certified copy of a birth certificate from the state vital records office with a raised or embossed seal. Or, if you prefer, you can use your valid and current U.S. passport or passport card! Time to prove who you really are and get ready to explore the world!

2. Proof of Social Security Number: Don't forget to bring your Social Security Card, your passport to peace of mind in your future travels.

3. Two Proofs of Current PA Physical Address (if applicable): Do you have a current and unexpired Pennsylvania driver's license or ID? Or perhaps a PA vehicle registration, car insurance card, or utility bill with your name and address? Perfect! Show that Pennsylvania is your home and get ready to carry that excitement everywhere you go!

4. Proof of All Legal Name Changes: If you've legally changed your name at any point, bring along your certified marriage certificate, court-issued divorce decree, or court order. All set and ready to soar high!

Attention, Legal Non-U.S. Citizens Present in the U.S.!

We've got great news for our non-U.S. citizen friends who are legally present in the United States. Acceptable documents include:

  • Valid and current Employment Authorization Document (EAD) issued by DHS; Forms I-766 or Form I-688B.
  • Valid and unexpired Permanent Resident Card (green card) I-551 issued by DHS or INS.
  • Valid foreign passport with a current U.S. visa attached and an I-94 indicating temporary evidence of permanent residence.

How to Apply for Verification?

If your first Pennsylvania driver's license, learner's permit, or photo ID was issued AFTER September 1, 2003, you can apply for verification online! Quick and easy, just like a refreshing breeze!

If you received your first Pennsylvania driver's license, learner's permit, or photo ID BEFORE September 1, 2003, you'll need to bring your documents for in-person verification. But don't worry, it's a chance to meet new people at PennDOT driver's license centers!

Receive Your REAL ID and Set Off on Your Dream Journey

If you apply online, you'll receive your REAL ID by mail within 15 business days. But if you can't wait that long (just like us!), you can always visit any PennDOT REAL ID center and get your REAL ID within 15 business days. Time to make plans, pack your bags, and venture out to conquer the world!

So, Pennsylvania pals, don't wait any longer! Get your REAL ID and be prepared for a new era of limitless adventures. Your passports to new horizons and unforgettable memories are just a few steps away! Enjoy your travels and keep that smile on your face as you explore everything this beautiful world has to offer! 🌎✈️🚗🛳️

Always remember to check the most up-to-date information on the official PennDOT website or your local driver's license office before starting the process! 


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