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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 7, 2020 02:53 PM
From: Representative Steven R. Malagari
To: All House members
Subject: Fee Exemption for Seniors Seeking a Modified Birth Certificate for Real ID
Imagine going your whole life without knowing that your name was misspelled! It can be burdensome to fix this kind of error, and our seniors shouldn’t have to pay for a hospital mistake from 65 years ago.

In 2017, the General Assembly passed the Pennsylvania REAL ID Compliance Act, establishing the process for Pennsylvania residents to receive a REAL ID to comply with federal requirements. In order to receive a REAL ID, individuals must provide a valid birth certificate or unexpired U.S. Passport as proof of identity. Many seniors have come to me when they discover that their birth certificate has a misspelling, and are then required to correct it, costing them $20 on top of the cost of obtaining a REAL ID.

For the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania seniors who live near or below the poverty line, this unnecessary charge is absolutely unacceptable. For this reason, my legislation will exempt individuals 65 years and older from the fee to revise a birth certificate to obtain a REAL ID.

Please join me in supporting the wellbeing of Pennsylvania’s seniors.

Introduced as HB2349