Pa. House votes to comply with federal Real ID law

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state House has voted to repeal a 2012 law that bars the state from participating in the federal REAL ID Act.

Senate Bill 133, approved Wednesday by a vote of 190-1, directs state government to comply with the 2005 law that set minimum standards for issuing identification cards.

The state Senate passed the legislation Tuesday. Gov. Tom Wolf has said he’ll sign it.

The measure allows PennDOT to issue both REAL ID cards with extra security features as well as driver’s licenses and photo identification cards that don’t meet the federal standard.

“Once the 2012 noncompliance law is repealed, PennDOT can begin working with the federal government to update its systems to complete compliance,” Wolf said. “We will work diligently to ensure the process is as consumer friendly and affordable as possible.”

Federal authorities have given Pennsylvania a deadline of June 6 to comply with the law. After that, federal agencies and nuclear power plants may not accept a non-compliant ID for official purposes.

Beginning next year, Real ID standards will be required to board a commercial aircraft.

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