Pre-Verification/Standard Verification Steps and Documents Required

Verification Steps

  • Online Pre-Verification

If you received your first Pennsylvania learner’s permit, driver’s license or photo ID after September 1, 2003, you are eligible to apply for REAL ID pre-verification online. Visit PennDOT’s Online Pre-Verification page for more information on this process.

  • Standard Verification

If you received your first Pennsylvania learner’s permit, driver’s license or photo ID before September 1, 2003, you will need to take your documents to a PennDOT Driver License Center or REAL ID Center to have your documents verified and imaged in order to receive your REAL ID. For more information on locations where you can have your documents verified and imaged, please click on the Where I Can Obtain My REAL ID page. (link to this page) 

When Pennsylvanians apply for a REAL ID through a PennDOT Driver License Center, they will need to present original versions or certified copies (if applicable) of the following documents, per federal regulations:

All PennDOT Driver License Centers (DLC) will be able to process a REAL ID transaction.

ONLY 12 PennDOT Driver License Centers will issue the REAL ID product over the counter. Customers who visit this location with the necessary paperwork can leave with the REAL ID product. The 12 locations are listed below:

Location Name

Location Address


Altoona ​1738A 9th Ave., Altoona PA ​Blair
​Bridgeville ​1025 Washington Pike, Rt. 50, Bridgeville PA ​Allegheny
​Erie ​Summit Towne Center, 7200 Peach St., Erie ​Erie
​King of Prussia ​143 S. Gulph Road, King of Prussia  ​Montgomery
​Lancaster East ​2090 Lincoln Highway East., Lancaster ​Lancaster
​Norristown ​1700 Markley St., Norristown ​Montgomery
​Rockview ​812 W. College Ave., Pleasant Gap ​Centre
​South 70th St. ​2904 South 70th St., Philadelphia ​Philadelphia
Summerdale ​429 North Enola Road, Enola ​Cumberland
​Whitehall ​1101 MacArthur Road, Allentown ​Lehigh
​Wilkes-Barre ​1085 Hanover St., Wilkes-Barre PA ​Luzerne
​Williamsport ​1782 E. 3rd St., Williamsport PA ​Lycoming

The other 64 PennDOT Driver License Centers can process REAL ID transactions to have that product centrally issued. The REAL ID product will be mailed to the customer within 15 business days and they will leave the driver license center with a 30-day temporary driving receipt.

Documents Required

Want to make sure you have everything you need? Download the Real ID Checklist.

  1. Proof of Identity: Examples: Original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised/embossed seal (not a sticker) or valid U.S. Passport
    *Please note that hospital or commemorative certificates are not acceptable
  2. Proof of Social Security Number: Example: Social security card
    *Please note that the name on your social security card MUST match the name on your proof of identity document
  3. Proof of all Legal Name Changes: Examples: Certified marriage certificate or court order issued by your county’s family court
    *Please note: You must show a complete name change history that links your birth certificate name to your current name. If you have a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card with your legal name, you may use that as your name change document.
  4. Two Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address: Examples: Current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, utility bill with the same name and address