– Local residents who would like to pre-verify 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 Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 5-8 p.m. in the banquet room at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville.
“This event is all about convenience for local residents” Masser said. “We’re trying to make it a little easier for people who want to obtain one of the new REAL IDs. If people in this area – for whatever reason – can’t make it to the driver’s license center, we’re trying to bring the REAL ID pre-verification services closer to them."
PennDOT, in cooperation with Masser, will establish and staff a mobile driver licensing workstation at the Pine Barn Inn on Jan. 16. 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 pre-verify 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.
“We had a great turnout when we hosted a similar event in Shamokin in early December,” Masser said. “PennDOT is working with us to provide this convenience for local residents.”
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.
“Residents who need help obtaining their original birth certificate can call our office for assistance,” Masser said.
Applicants must bring their Social Security cardand 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 unexpired 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 Pine Barn Inn is located at 43 Pine Barn Place in Danville
Masser intends to host another similar event on Feb. 13 in Elysburg. Details about the event will be made public in the near future.
For information about any 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