To get a takes more effort than obtaining or renewing the regular license or state-issued ID (DMV officials say the easiest time to get a REAL ID is when renewing a license or ID).
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reminds state residents they can continue to use their current driver's license or identification card to board commercial aircraft or enter federal facilities that require ID.
US passports, military ID cards and other Transportation Safety Administration-approved IDs will also still be accepted to board planes, however. This identification will be required to board an airplane or enter military bases and most federal facilities.
Those documents include proof of identity, either in the form of a passport or birth certificate; Social Security card; proof of all legal name changes, either marriage licenses or court orders; and two proofs of address, such as an unexpired driver license, bank statement or utility bill.
What is the REAL ID and why do I need it - The REAL ID is a federal compliant driver's license or ID card that complies with the federal minimum-security requirements.
REAL ID will cost a one-time fee of $30 and will need to be renewed for $30.50 every four years.
Called REAL ID, the special cards are to to safeguard air travel, in the post 9/11 world.
Proof of Social Security Number such as an SSN card, W-2, or paystub with full SSN. After that you will need a passport to even fly in the U.S.
"It's not mandatory", Cristina Valdivia Aguilar, a DMV spokeswoman, said about the higher-end driver's license and ID card.
Residents will be able to visit any PennDOT driver license center or one of ten REAL ID Centers to purchase the identification.