Senate Leaders Pleased that US Dept of Homeland Security Will Grant PA Extension to Meet REAL ID Act Requirements

Over the last few weeks, many constituents have reached out after the Commonwealth was notified by the United States Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) that restrictions on Pennsylvania residents under the Real ID Act of 2005 (Real ID) will soon begin.  These restrictions will impact access to federal buildings on January 30, 2017, and air travel beginning January 22, 2018.

In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Act 38, which addressed several valid concerns with REAL ID requirements. At the time, it was passed with overwhelming support, however, the provisions now threaten access to services in federal buildings and domestic travel for many Pennsylvanians.

Leadership in the Senate and House as well as Governor Wolf sent a letter to Washington, D.C., asking for an extension in order to preserve the ability of all Pennsylvania residents to have access to federal buildings. The extension was granted and the state now have until June 6, 2017, to take action.

“We are appreciative that DHS has provided an extension in order to preserve the ability of all Pennsylvania residents to have access to federal buildings,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Majority Leader Jake Corman. “This added time allows us to work together to ensure the Commonwealth becomes compliant in a way that is easy for residents and cost-effective.”

Letter from Governor Tom Wolf to US Department of Homeland Security – January 13, 2017

Letter from US Department of Homeland Security to Governor Tom Wolf – January 18, 2017