PennDOT Changes Age Requirement for Photo ID Cards

Harrisburg – Beginning December 1, 2009, PennDOT will make photo identification (ID) cards available to Pennsylvania residents ages 10 and older. The previous minimum age requirement to obtain a photo ID card was 16.

Act 159 of 2006 lowered the minimum age requirement for a Pennsylvania photo ID card to age 10. The law took effect Nov. 29, 2009. All other requirements for obtaining a Pennsylvania photo ID card remain the same.

To obtain a photo ID card, an individual must complete Form DL-54A, “Application for Initial Photo Identification Card,” which is available on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services Web site,, under the Driver License/Photo ID Information Center or can be picked up at any of Senator Tomlinson’s district offices.

An individual must bring the completed form, along with the required identity documents and a fee of $12 to a PennDOT Driver License Center to obtain the photo ID. Required identity documents are listed on Form DL-54A.

PennDOT reminds individuals under the age of 18 applying for a photo ID card that a parent, guardian or person acting in loco parentis must accompany them to a PennDOT Driver License Center.

To locate a PennDOT Driver License Center, visit the Locations Information Center on the Driver and Vehicle Services Web site.           

Bruce McLanahan
(717) 787-5072