Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Expands Documents Accepted as Proof of Social Security Number
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is expanding the documents that residents can use to prove their Social Security number when applying for a REAL ID. The new policy will allow residents to use a W-2 form, an SSA-1099 form, a non-SSA-1099 form or pay stub with applicant’s name and full Social Security number on it.
The new policy is being implemented in anticipation of the May 2025 deadline for all states to comply with the REAL ID Act. The REAL ID Act is a federal law that sets new security standards for driver's licenses and identification cards. Beginning in May 2025, all driver's licenses and identification cards issued by states that do not comply with REAL ID will no longer be accepted for boarding domestic flights or entering federal buildings or military bases.
PA residents are not required to get a REAL ID. PennDOT continues to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.
To obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or identification card, PA residents will need to provide proof of their identity, citizenship, and Social Security number. In addition to the new documents listed above, residents can also use a Social Security card, birth certificate, passport, or other government-issued document that proves their identity and citizenship. Residents will also need to provide two proofs of current PA address and all legal name changes (if applicable.)
Applications can be made online or at any PennDOT Driver License Center.