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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 5, 2021 01:18 PM
From: Representative Steven R. Malagari
To: All House members
Subject: Removing Barriers for Seniors to Obtain a REAL ID (previously HB2129)
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. Pennsylvanians whose name is inaccurately listed on their birth certificate, such as those who have changed their name or who have a misspelling on their birth certificate, are often required to correct their birth certificate, 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 barrier is simply 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 HB1061