PennDOT Replacing Standard ID With Real ID Beginning Nov.

To enhance the security of driver’s licenses and identification card products, The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be updating design and security features.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE | Beginning mid-November 2022, The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be replacing existing state-issued identification cards with REAL ID-compliant products. The updated cards and licenses will be phased in at all Driver and Photo Centers over the next four-year renewal cycle.

“The update is an important component of PennDOT’s ongoing work to enhance and protect the integrity of the driver’s license and identification card issuance process,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. 

During the transition period, both standard and REAL ID-compliant product designs will be permitted for most applications. However, beginning May 3, 2023, a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, Photo ID card, or another form of federal identification will be required to enter federal or military buildings. REAL ID-compliant products will also be required to board domestic commercial flights. More information about REAL ID can be on the REAL ID page on the Driver and Vehicle Services website.

The cards look different and have additional enhanced security features that improve fraud prevention and protect from counterfeiting and alteration. 

According to PennDOT, the enhanced features include:

· Guilloche Security Design, a feature that includes sophisticated techniques to embed a variety of customized security patterning into the credential, using non-commercial software developed specifically for high-security documents (banknotes, passports, ID cards, etc); 

· Optically Variable Ghost Portrait and Variable Data with UV, features that change their appearance when the viewing angle of the card changes, which moves them from fully visible to non-visible. The card also includes an ultraviolet (UV) response that fluoresces under UV lighting. The UV response is fixed – visible under UV light regardless of viewing angle; 

· Dynamic Look Through Element (DLTE), a dynamic feature with a gold metallic tint that is visible under direct lighting. The new cards comply with American Association of Motor Vehicle Association (AAMVA) 2020 specifications.  

Customers can obtain various driver and vehicle products and services online through the Driver and Vehicle Services website, including all forms, publications, and driver training manuals. There are no additional fees for using online services.