Pennsylvania Has Until June To Comply With REAL ID Requirements

Jan 19, 2017

Credit Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles

Federal authorities are giving Pennsylvania a few more months to comply with a 2005 federal law that requires people to prove they are legal U.S. residents in order for their driver's licenses to be valid for federal purposes.

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration made the announcement Thursday.

The extension for compliance with the Real ID law means that, for now, Pennsylvania licenses will be sufficient proof of identification to get into federal facilities.

A state legislative fix could be needed to avoid more widespread problems for travelers next year, when Real ID standards will be required for people boarding commercial airlines.

The state's new deadline is June 6.

A 2012 state law is keeping Pennsylvania from meeting the federal law's requirements.