Cost, access the difference between Real ID and standard license

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The federal government wants everyone to eventually have a so-called Real ID.

Those who want a Real ID driver’s license will have to pay extra for it.

It can be used to fly domestically and access federal buildings.

Those who do not want a Real ID can keep their traditional license, but they’ll need a passport or military identification to fly or get into a federal building.

The difference between a Real ID and a standard driver’s license is an added security stamp on the Real ID, which is designed to prevent tampering or duplication.

Some states use a radio frequency identification chip like the kind used in credit cards, pets and passports. ABC27 has been told Pennsylvania will not require the chips.

PennDOT says it doesn’t know yet how much a Real ID will cost. In some states, the cost is $15 more than a standard driver’s license.

Once Gov. Tom Wolf signs legislation pertinent to Real ID, PennDOT has three years to make the identification cards available.

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1 thought on “Cost, access the difference between Real ID and standard license

  1. Has the Governor and Legislature petitioned DHS to get another extension to their Real ID rule?
    On June 5 the current extension expires, not a big deal unless you work at a federal facility and wish to continue to be allowed to go to work.


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