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Capitol Office 
41-B East Wing, Main Captitol 
P.O. Box 202117
Harrisburg PA 17120-2117
Phone: (717) 787-1117
Fax: (717) 705-1889
Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

District Offices
105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
(570) 675-6000
Fax: (570) 255-0133
(800) 278-3930
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

133 West Tioga St., Suite 4
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-4777
Fax: (570) 836-4772
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

email: kboback@pahousegop.com

PennDOT Making Plans to Roll Out REAL ID
8/30/2018

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PennDOT Making Plans to Roll Out REAL ID

Starting Sept. 4, eligible Pennsylvania residents who wish to obtain a REAL ID may begin the pre-verification process. Customers who received their first license before September 2003 and want to obtain a real ID will need to bring the required documents to a Driver License Center so they can be verified in person. (Residents who received their first license after September 2003 have been able to pre-verify since March.) Those documents include:
 

    • Proof of identity (original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal or valid U.S. Passport). Please contact my office if you need one. Processing times can take several months.
    • Unlaminated Social Security card.
    • Proof of all legal name changes (marriage certificate or court order).
    • Two proofs of current, physical Pennsylvania address (current, unexpired PA license or ID and a no more than 90-day-old bank statement or utility bill with the same name and address).

PennDOT staff will scan the documents to the customer’s record, and when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, the customer can opt into the REAL ID program online, and their REAL ID product will be sent through the mail.

To obtain a REAL ID, customers will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or a photo ID). The expiration date of their initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over age 65 and has a two-year license.

This expiration date structure means that the customer won’t “lose” time for which they’ve already paid. After the initial REAL ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.

When REAL IDs are available, customers will have three options for obtaining a REAL ID product: pre-verified customers may order their REAL ID online; they can visit a PennDOT Driver License Center, have their documents verified and scanned, pay the one-time fee, and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within seven to 10 days; or they can visit one of up to 13 REAL ID Centers and receive their REAL ID product over-the-counter at the time of service.

PennDOT is in the process of retrofitting six of its existing driver’s license centers to allow for over-the-counter issuance of REAL ID (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre, Rockview in Centre County, Erie, Altoona and South 70th Street in Philadelphia) and adding five new locations in the following regions: Pittsburgh, King of Prussia, Allentown, Harrisburg and Lancaster.

REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. A federally accepted form of identification must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on and after Oct. 1, 2020. There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID and PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.
                                                                         
 
District Office Hours and Outreach

Please note, my district offices will close at noon on Friday, Aug. 31, and will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 8:30 a.m.

Also, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, satellite hours will be held at Mehoopany Township Municipal Building from 8 - 10 a.m., then at Meshoppen Borough Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, satellite hours will be held at Dalton Borough Building from 10 a.m. to noon.

In addition, on Wednesday, a representative from the American Legion will be at the Tunkhannock District Office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
 
House Committees Vow to Help Aging Veterans

At a joint hearing of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, members learned more about initiatives to raise awareness of programs and assistance for Pennsylvania’s aging veteran population.

Testifiers included officials with the Pennsylvania Southeastern Veterans’ Center; Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Pennsylvania Department of Aging; Pennsylvania American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars at Pennsylvania State Headquarters; and Veterans Home Care NYJ, LLC. They focused their testimony on the need to invest state dollars wisely into programs that will benefit Pennsylvania’s veterans.

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs reported that every $1 that the Commonwealth invests in our veterans results in $35 for Pennsylvania in federal funding and saved Medicare costs. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is engaged in a pilot program that provides a budget for veterans to spend how they wish on their care.

Another program outlined is contained in Act 66 of 2007, which directs grant money to assist veterans service organizations with veterans outreach programs. Additionally, the need for partnerships to disseminate important information to veterans was also emphasized. This communication can lead to veterans learning more about programs that can make a real difference in their lives.
 
 
Traveling Over Labor Day? Check Traffic Conditions on 511PA.com

Travelers can log onto www.511PA.com to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
 
 
 
State Rebates Available to Help Pennsylvanians Drive Cleaner Cars, Says DEP

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering rebates up to $2,000 for Pennsylvania residents who purchase alternative fuel vehicles. Rebates are available depending on the type of vehicle purchased. Eligible vehicles are plug-in hybrid, plug-in electric, natural gas, propane and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

To be eligible for a rebate, a new alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) must have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $60,000 or less and must have an odometer reading of less than 500 miles. One-time preowned AFVs with 75,000 miles or less and a true market value of $50,000 or less are also eligible for a $750 rebate. Leased vehicles are also now eligible for rebates, a change that allows additional flexibility for residents.

An additional rebate of $500 for pre-owned vehicles is available to residents with household income below 200 percent of the federal income poverty level.

Rebates will be awarded in the order that the request forms and required documentation are received and approved, not the date a vehicle was purchased. Consumers may submit applications up to six months after the date of purchase. Consumers should be aware that funds may be depleted before their rebate application can be processed.

Flexible fuel, non-plug-in hybrid and biodiesel vehicles are not eligible. Businesses are not eligible to receive rebates through this program. Rebates issued as a part of this program are taxable income and will result in the issuance of a 1099 form for the taxable year in which the rebate was received.

For program guidelines, application instructions, and an up-to-date listing of rebate availability, visit the visit the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants web page.
 
 
PennDOT Driver License Centers Closed for Holiday Weekend

All driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
 
 
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Around the 117th!

Last week I participated in an event featuring the Misericordia University’s Women with Children Program. This program, established in 2000, is one of only eight in the United States to empower economically disadvantaged single mothers with the opportunity to complete a four-year college degree. Students are provided free housing, financial assistance, access to quality child care, and an array of social and family enrichment programming.

Pictured first row, from left are PA Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Human Services secretary Teresa Miller; PA Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education Noe Ortegal; and Sen. Lisa Baker; and (back row) Katherine Pohlidal, director, Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University; Sandy Johnson, coordinator, Bourger Women with Children Program; Sister Jean Messaros, vice president of mission integration and founder of the Bourger Women with Children Program; Ayanna Dexter, student, Bourger Women with Children Program; Carol Sweeney, my office; and Misericordia University President Thomas J. Botzman.


It was my privilege to present certificates to emergency responders who were honored last week at the Falls Active Adult Center.

Falls Active Adult Center director Twila Watkins organized this event, which included a tribute to the late Cpl. Bryon Dickson, whose parents reside in Falls. .

I had the chance to honor the memory of Cpl. Bryon Keith Dickson III. Cpl. Dickson served our Commonwealth with honor and integrity. He is missed by all.

My staff and I had a wonderful time meeting constituents at our open house and ribbon-cutting event at our new Dallas district office location.
 

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105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas, PA 18612 | (570) 675-6000, (800) 278-3930
133 West Tioga Street, Suite 4, Tunkhannock, PA 18657| Phone: (570) 836-4777
314-C Main Capitol, PO Box 202117, Harrisburg PA 17120-2117 | Phone: (717) 787-1117
Email: kboback@pahousegop.com
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