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PA Granted Extension on REAL ID Requirements

2017-01-19 12:04:17

PA Granted Extension on REAL ID Requirements

Pennsylvania now has until June 5 to fix state law to allow for federal REAL ID compliance. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted the extension in January.

The extension will allow for the PA Department of Transportation to work with the General Assembly to resolve Pennsylvania’s non-compliance during the current legislative session. DHS told state leaders that additional
extensions may be granted, as necessary, once the Commonwealth can commit to meeting all REAL ID requirements.

This extension means that on Jan. 30, Pennsylvanians will no longer face immediate access issues when entering federal facilities including military bases and nuclear power plants.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and legislative leaders have been communicating about how to resolve Pennsylvania’s non-compliance due to Act 38 of 2012 and have looked at ways in which Pennsylvania can become compliant in the most cost-effective and straightforward way possible.