PennDOT Making Plans to Roll Out REAL ID
Updating the 85th District
The latest news from the State Capitol
Welcome Pandaly!

It’s always a pleasure to welcome a new business to our community, so I was happy to participate in the recent ribbon cutting for Pandaly, located at 232 Market St. in Lewisburg, earlier this month. The store, owned by husband and wife team Yue “Eddy” Li and Luyang Ren, will serve as both an Asian and American grocery store and offer authentic Chinese grab-and-go meals.
Working to Make PA Better for Employers

A healthy economy is vital to the success of our communities and our residents. To improve our economy and help it grow, the Commonwealth must be more business friendly. One way we are working to do that is with the creation of the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop

This new website is the go-to resource for planning, registering, operating and growing a business in Pennsylvania.

Serving as the first point of contact for Pennsylvania business development concerns, the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop connects and guides businesses through all stages of development – from planning and startup to operating and expanding. Whether seeking information about registering a business, Act 32 and Local Earned Income Tax withholding, Unemployment Compensation (UC) tax, diverse business resources, and more, the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop can help provide answers to business-related questions.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop, visit
Improving Patient Comfort, Care

It was an honor to attend the groundbreaking for the PRIME project at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg on Thursday morning. The Patient Room Improvement Modernization and Enhancement (PRIME) project will improve patient comfort and functionality by transitioning to private, single-patient rooms. Pictured from left: Union County Commissioner John Mathias, Evangelical Community Hospital CEO Kendra Aucker, me, Board President John Meckley and Union County Commissioner John Showers.
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

Check Out These Upcoming Events!!

Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority Tails to Trails 5K Run/Walk: Sunday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. Day-of registration and pre-registration check-in will start at 9 a.m. at the Lewisburg Trail Head at the intersection of North 13th. Dogs are welcome to run with family members. We ask that participants limit themselves to one dog per person. Click here for additional information.

Fremont Fire Department Gun Bingo: Saturday, Sept. 8. Doors open at 3 p.m.; bingo begins at 5 p.m. Event includes 15 guns, five cash prizes and four special games for additional firearms and gun safe. Numerous door prizes and drawings throughout the evening. Food and drinks available. Click here for additional information.

McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair: Monday through Saturday, Sept. 10-15. Bean soup served daily at noon. Concessions open at 4 p.m. Parade held Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Fun, food and fellowship with friends and family. Click here for additional information.

Central PA Vintage Iron Club Fall Festival: Friday to Sunday, Sept. 14-16. See vintage tractors, International Harvester, steam engines, hit and miss engines. Tractor pulls, great food, kids games, crafts, hay rides, Tractor Square Dancing and Games. Held rain or shine. Free nightly entertainment. Free parking and admission. Click here for additional information

Penns Creek Volunteer Fire Company Fall Gun Raffle: Saturday, Sept. 15. Doors open at 11 a.m. and meal served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Children’s entertainment. Raffle begins at noon, with final drawing at 2 p.m.

Heart of Lewisburg Music Festival: Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hufnagle Park. Entertainment provided by the local band, Jesse. A unique selection of Pennsylvania beers and wines, along with food from downtown Lewisburg restaurants, will be available for purchase in the gated area of the park. Artisans, crafters and vendors will be set up around the park. Click here for additional information.

Beaver Community Fair: Sunday through Saturday, Sept. 16-22. A traditional county fair event with livestock and farm competitions, agricultural exhibits, baking contests, games, midway attractions, tractor pulls, entertainment, food vendors and more. Click here for additional information.

Selinsgrove Market Street Festival: Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will feature over 100 vendors, arts and crafts, food, games, contests, entertainment and more. Click here for additional information.    

For additional events across Central PA, visit the Susquehanna Valley Visitor Bureau’s website here
Traveling Over Labor Day? Check Traffic Conditions on

Travelers can log onto 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.
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,
What’s Happening in the PA General Assembly?

If you want to know more about what’s happening in your state government, look no further than the Pennsylvania General Assembly website. You will find information about upcoming committee meetings, specific bills, roll call votes, House and Senate calendars, existing state statutes and more. You can even watch session live through the site. Check it out here!
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