PennDOT on a mission to remind people about October deadline to apply for REAL ID

REAL ID is now available in Pennsylvania.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — PennDOT is ramping up its campaign to remind people that Oct. 1 is the deadline to comply with the federal government's REAL ID program.  

PennDOT has hired extra staff and opened new locations to help streamline the application process, and the effort appears to be helping, according to spokesman Diego Sandino. 

"Twenty-six percent of customers have opted into REAL ID. And so that equates to about 779,000 individuals who have obtained the REAL ID as of (Thursday)," he said. 

Sandino says they're projecting about 1.3 million people to have REAL ID by the time the enforcement deadline arrives in the Fall.  

If you plan to be one of them, remember to bring all your documentation when you go to apply. 

"You'll need one proof of identity, and that can be a certified copy of your birth certificate with the raised, embossed seal or a valid U.S. passport. You'll need your proof of Social Security number, two proofs of current physical Pennsylvania address. You'll just want to make sure your name and address match on all those documents," he added. 

REAL ID is not a requirement, but it could spare you a lot of hassle if you're a frequent flyer or want to enter a federal building.  

Penndot has added 12 REAL ID-specific centers across the commonwealth, including three in the Philadelphia-area.