Last Updated May 22, 2021

Homeland Security Announces Extension for REAL ID Requirement

You may have heard that starting October 1, 2021, your PA driver's license or photo ID will no longer be considered acceptable ID for boarding domestic commercial flights from Philadelphia.

This means that if you don't already have another form of federally-accepted ID (passport or military ID), you will need to upgrade to a new REAL ID or risk being turned away at security, unable to board your flight.

The update: in response to COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security has announced they will postpone the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023.

While REAL ID's are currently available to those who want them, you now have a little under 2 years to put this off if you're a "wait until the deadline" type.

Just be warned that in order to get your REAL ID, you may need to bring documents to a PennDOT Driver Licensing Center for verification in person. So if you wait until April 2023, don't be surprised if you're faced with large crowds and long wait times.