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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 19, 2019 10:51 AM
From: Representative Steven R. Malagari
To: All House members
Subject: REAL ID Discount for Seniors
Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will be required to carry a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or photo identification card, or another federally-acceptable form of identification, in order to board commercial flights, enter a federal building, or military base. As our state began the process of implementing REAL ID, many of us in the General Assembly have heard a number of constituent concerns regarding the difficulty and cost of obtaining a compliant driver’s license or photo identification card.

If a resident of Pennsylvania wishes to apply for REAL ID, they are required to pay a one-time REAL ID fee along with the renewal fee for a license or identification card, regardless of the expiration date on their current ID. This requirement can become a significant cost burden for senior citizens living on a fixed income and, due to the federal requirements, can prevent many from being able to travel to another state by airplane to visit children, grandchildren, other relatives, and friends. Our senior citizens have worked countless hours over their lifetime and should be able to enjoy their retirement without worrying about added fees. This is why I will soon introduce legislation that will eliminate the additional costs associated with REAL ID for individuals 65 years of age and older.

Pennsylvania is home to one of the largest populations of senior citizens in the country, thanks to many senior-friendly policies such as this. Reducing the cost of REAL ID for our seniors is the right thing to do. Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB2129