Feb. 08, 2019

Pre-Verify for Your REAL ID

Do YOU want to be one of the first to receive a new REAL ID when PennDOT makes them available in March 2019?

You can submit the necessary paperwork at our upcoming event, apply online and receive your REAL ID in the mail, and you can do all of this without visiting or waiting in line at a PennDOT Driver License Center.

Join me at our REAL ID Pre-Verification Event Co-hosted and staffed by PennDOT.

       Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 5-8 p.m.
       Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church
       599 W. Center St., Elysburg

To pre-verify for a REAL ID, you must bring with you:

  • Proof of your identity.*
  • Proof of your Social Security number.*
  • Proof of any legal name changes.*
  • Proof of your current, physical, Pennsylvania address.*

*Scroll down for detailed information about the documents you must bring to satisfy each of these requirements.

What is REAL ID?
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.

Benefits of Pre-Verefication

Customers who successfully complete the process at this event 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.

*What You Need to Bring
To pre-verify for a REAL ID, you must bring with you:

  • Proof of your identity (certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised or embossed seal, or a U.S. passport or passport card).
  • Proof of your Social Security number (your Social Security card, which cannot be sealed in plastic; the name on this card must match the name on your current driver license or photo identification card, a process which can be performed at this event).
  • Proof of any legal name changes (certified copies of marriage certificates or court orders showing all name changes since birth).
  • Proof of your current, physical, Pennsylvania address (two forms are required, which could include an expired Pennsylvania driver license or photo identification card, or a bank statement or utility bill that is no more than 90 days old and shows your name and address).


State Budget Address Starts the Process

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday delivered his annual budget address to a joint session of the state House and Senate. The governor called for approximately $1 billion in additional spending, but did not call for any broad-based tax hikes.

I’m pleased the governor did not propose any broad-based tax increases. I’m also happy to hear that he is interested in programs we have been talking about for a while. Workforce development, career and technical education, and career readiness are issues we agree deserve attention. We have work to do to ensure taxpayer money is spent wisely to promote a robust economy that leads to family-sustaining jobs.

The budget process continues next week with the first in a series of House Appropriations Committee hearings to delve into the details of the governor’s plan. For a schedule and live streaming of the hearings,
visit pahousegop.com.
Record-Setting Year for PA 529 College and Career Savings Program

As the House begins its budgeting process for next year, including higher education funding, Pennsylvania families are saving more than ever to ensure their children can afford college or other post-secondary options.

In 2018, Pennsylvania families set a record by saving over $585 million to use toward future education expenses in the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program.

Through PA 529, families can choose from two plans. The PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) allows families to save for post-secondary education at today’s rate, and the PA 529 Investment Plan (IP) allows families to choose how their contributions are invested from a list of 16 options.

You can learn more about the 529 program at pa529.com or call 1-800-440-4000.
Streamlining Medication Process for Patients and Seniors

House Republicans are continuing their commitment to ensuring the health and welfare of seniors and patients with chronic conditions by making it easier to adhere to their medication schedules.

This week lawmakers passed House Bill 195, which ensures patients can synchronize their medications in order to receive refills on the same day each month, instead of having to make multiple visits to the pharmacy.

This commonsense legislation would put Pennsylvania in line with Medicaid Part D, the PACE Program, and 35 other states that allow medication synchronization.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.