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New driver licenses, ID cards on the way
PennDOT has announced it is updating the design and enhancing security features of driver licenses and identification cards.
The department began issuing the new cards Monday at the Summerdale Driver License Center in Enola, Cumberland County. All driver and photo centers will transition to the new cards by mid-November.
The new products will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing licenses and identification cards. The current and new card designs will be in circulation during the transition.
The new cards look different and have additional enhanced security features that improve fraud prevention and protect from counterfeiting and alteration.
“The update is an important component of PennDOT’s ongoing work to enhance and protect the integrity of the driver license and identification card issuance process,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said.
Both standard and Real ID compliant products will use the new design and security features.
REAL ID is optional in
Pennsylvania, and customers are able to opt into REAL ID. Beginning May 3, Pennsylvanians will need a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally acceptable identification — such as a valid passport or military ID — to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.