– 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, Feb. 13, from 5-8 p.m. at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Elysburg.
“I realize people lead busy lives, so we’re offering a convenient way for people in this area to complete the pre-verification process,” Masser said. “This event is about convenience and accessibility. We want people in the community to have this opportunity to take advantage of this service.”
PennDOT, in cooperation with Masser, will establish and staff a mobile driver licensing workstation at the church. 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.
“If people for whatever reason can’t make it to a PennDOT licensing center, this event is an attempt to bring the pre-verification process closer to them,” Masser said.
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 access their original birth certificates,” 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 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.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church is located at 599 W. Center St. in Elysburg
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