Session: 2023–2024

ACLU-PA Position: Supports

PennDOT currently requires an applicant for REAL ID to provide an original Social Security card, but does not provide any other document options to verify a person's Social Security number. Pennsylvania is the only state that does not provide residents with alternative SSN verification options. 

HB 1243 (PN 2127) would require PennDOT to accept additional documentation permitted under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005 to verify an applicant’s Social Security number when applying for REAL ID. Specifically, HB 1243 would require PennDOT to accept the following documents:

  • Social Security card
  • W-2 form
  • SSA 1099 form
  • Non-SSA 1099 form
  • Pay stub that fulfills the requirements of the REAL ID Act for the purpose of reviewing an application for a REAL ID and verifying an applicant’s Social Security number.

Check the bill's status here.


Representative Kerry Benninghoff



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