– Local residents who would like to pre-qualify for the new REAL IDs PennDOT is scheduled to begin distributing in March are invited to join state Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) at an event he’s hosting on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5-8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in Shamokin.
“I organized this event with PennDOT to try to make it easier and more convenient for local residents who want to obtain one of the new REAL IDs,” Masser said. “I understand it can be difficult for people to make it to the driver’s license center, so I wanted to give them this additional opportunity.”
PennDOT, in cooperation with Masser, will establish and staff a mobile driver licensing workstation at the Knights of Columbus on Dec. 6. Customers who would like to pre-verify their eligibility for a REAL ID can bring the necessary paperwork, which PennDOT staff will then scan and attach to the customer’s account.
Customers who successfully complete the process will become eligible for a REAL ID. When PennDOT makes REAL IDs available in March 2019, these customers can apply online for their REAL ID, pay the applicable fees and it will be mailed to them within 10 business days. They will not need to visit a PennDOT Driver License Center.
“My goal with this event is really to make it more convenient for local residents to obtain a REAL ID,” Masser said. “I’m thankful PennDOT is working with us to provide this opportunity to people in our area.”
The federal REAL ID law established guidelines for states to provide new and more secure forms of identification cards. Residents will need these new REAL ID cards in the future in order to enter federal buildings, including courthouses, as well as to board commercial flights.
Residents who would like to pre-qualify for a REAL ID at Masser’s event should bring with them original versions or certified copies of the necessary documents.
Applicants must bring proof of their identity in the form of an original or certified copy of their birth certificate with a raised or embossed seal, or a valid U.S. passport or passport card. Birth certificates with a sticker rather than an embossed seal will not be accepted.
“Our office can help residents if they need to try to obtain their original birth certificate,” Masser said.
Applicants must bring their Social Security card, which cannot be laminated or sealed in plastic, and the name on this card must match the name on the person’s current driver license or photo identification card.
Applicants must bring proof of all legal name changes, including marriage certificates or court orders issued by a family court. Applicants must have documentation to show all name changes from their original name on their birth certificate to their current name.
Applicants finally must also bring two forms of proof of their current physical, Pennsylvania address, which could include an expired Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo identification card, or a bank statement or utility bill that is no more than 90 days old and shows the individual’s name and address.
The Knights of Columbus in Shamokin is located at 400 E. Independence St
Masser intends to host another similar event in early 2019 for those who are not able to attend the event on Dec. 6.
For information about any other state-related issue, residents are encouraged to contact Masser’s district office in Elysburg, located at 467 Industrial Park Road
, by calling 570-648-8017, or his district office in Danville located in the Danville Borough Building in Suite 1 at 463 Mill St
., by calling 570-275-3700. Information also is available online at RepMasser.com
Representative Kurt A. Masser
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Dan Massing