New Voter IDs Available at PennDOT Licensing Centers

The free Voter ID cards are available to registered voters who can provide their name, address, Social Security number and proof of residency.

The following is a press release provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation:

Since the Pennsylvania Voter ID law was enacted in March, PennDOT has been working closely with the Department of State to ensure that every voter has the opportunity to obtain photo identification. Voters who lack verification documents necessary for a secure Pennsylvania Photo ID (non-driver’s license ID card), will now be able to obtain a new Department of State voter identification card for free by visiting a PennDOT Driver License Center.

"Our goal is to ensure that every person who needs an ID can get one and this new ID serves as a safety net for those who can’t find or obtain verification documents normally required for a PennDOT secure identification card,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch.

The Department of State Voter ID is valid for voting purposes only. For this reason, if a resident has the necessary documents, PennDOT’s primary focus is to issue a secure Pennsylvania identification. If the customer was born in Pennsylvania but does not possess a birth certificate with a raised seal, then PennDOT works directly with Department of Health, to certify the customer’s birth record. If a customer still cannot qualify for a PennDOT secure ID, the department will then work to issue the new Department of State Voter ID card.

Residents who want the new Department of State Voter ID will need to provide the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Social Security number
  • Proof of residency
  • Previous name and/or address if changed in the past 12 months.

The applicant must complete a Department of State ID application form and sign an oath/affirmation confirming that they are a registered voter but have no other form of identification that can be used for voting. Staff at the Driver License Center will contact the Department of State to confirm that the person is registered to vote and once verified, the person will receive the free Department of State Voter ID, which is valid for 10 years.

For more information on voting and the types of photo IDs that can be used at the polls, visit www.votespa.com or www.dos.state.pa.us.

Need a Pennsylvania Voter ID? Visit the PennDOT Driver License Center at or driver license centers in Frazer or Norristown.  The Rosemont Photo Center .

Pat Shane September 07, 2012 at 02:39 PM
This video details the Voter ID Law: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9TjVsQa57c.
Adrian Seltzer September 07, 2012 at 08:57 PM
If your PennDOT id is expired you can do most of the legwork by phone and mail. If it is expired by more than a year as of election day, you can get one for free. Call PennDOT 1800-832-4600, hit 1 for English, hit 1 for license, hit 0 to get a person They will ask for your name, your license or id number, etc. Once you are verified, you mail them the filled out form DL54-A and the affirmation that voter does not possess proof of identification for voting purposes. Mail that to Bureau of Driver Licensing P.O. Box 68272 Harrisburg PA 17106-8272 They will mail you a camera card that you CAN bring to Rosemont or any center that takes pictures. Rosemont cannot verify, only take picture IF you have the camera card.
Adrian Seltzer September 07, 2012 at 10:14 PM
If you think all this is too much, Please sign, share and email this petition to everyone you know to postpone the Voter ID law in PA. I am at 3000 signatures and need everyone's help in making this go viral across the state so we can make an impact in Harrisburg. Thank you thank you thank you http://signon.org/sign/postpone-pa-voter-id


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