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File #: 170041    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 1/26/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/9/2017
Title: Urging state legislators to comply with the requirements of the federal REAL ID Act, allowing Pennsylvania residents to continue to use state issued driver's licenses for domestic air travel and access to federal facilities.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 17004100.pdf, 2. Signature17004100.pdf
Title
Urging state legislators to comply with the requirements of the federal REAL ID Act, allowing Pennsylvania residents to continue to use state issued driver's licenses for domestic air travel and access to federal facilities.

Body
WHEREAS, The REAL ID Act of 2005 is a federal law that was enacted to create new requirements for the federal recognition of state issued driver's licenses. These requirements include enhanced security features to driver's licenses to prevent against fraud, as well as the requirement that states provide electronic access to connect and share information contained in its motor vehicle database with other states; and

WHEREAS, Under the REAL ID Act, a federal agency may not accept a state issued license for any official purpose if the state does not comply with the terms of the Act; and

WHEREAS, In 2012, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Act 38, prohibiting the Governor, Department of Transportation, and "any other Commonwealth agency" from participating in the REAL ID Act or any of the terms required by it; and

WHEREAS, Because of Act 38, the State of Pennsylvania remains noncompliant with the REAL ID Act; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to grant Pennsylvania one final extension for compliance. The State has previously been granted several extensions for compliance on behalf of the federal government. The most recent extension gives state legislators until June 5, 2017 to fix state law in order to be able to comply with the requirements of the REAL ID Act; and

WHEREAS, If Pennsylvania remains noncompliant, Pennsylvania driver's licenses will no longer be a valid form of identification for airline travel starting in January of 2018. This includes domestic airline travel to other states within the U.S. This means that state residents will need to have a passport or military ID for domestic airline travel. Many Pennsylvanians do not already possess these forms of identificati...

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