Pennsylvania gets another extension on REAL ID program

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania is getting yet another extension to comply with a federal law that requires driver's licenses and photo ID cards to meet anti-terrorism standards.

The Wolf Administration says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has notified officials that Pennsylvania has been granted an extension until the beginning of August 2019 to comply with the REAL ID guidelines.

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Officials said the extension means Pennsylvania residents can use their current drivers' licenses to continue accessing federal facilities like courthouses and prisons and to board commercial aircraft.

REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and photo ID cards are to be available in March 2019, but customers are being encouraged to pre-verify for the required documentation as soon as possible.