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New, Free Voter ID Cards Available at Drivers' License Centers

VoteFrom day one, I have been skeptical of the Commonwealth’s preparedness to enact the Voter ID law without disenfranchising a single, eligible voter in this short period of time before the November election.

Earlier this week, PennDOT announced that free Department of State voter identification cards are now available at all local PennDOT Drivers’ License Centers. This is a significant step forward to ensuring no one is turned away at the polls and I encourage anyone without an ID or with questions about their own ID to visit a PennDOT Drivers’ License Center as soon as possible.

The Department of State Voter ID is valid only for voting purposes and PennDOT’s primary focus is to issue a secure Pennsylvania identification.

If a resident was born in Pennsylvania but does not possess a birth certificate with a raised seal, PennDOT will work directly with the Department of Health to certify the customer’s birth record. If the resident still does not qualify for a PennDOT secure ID, the department will then work to issue a new Department of State Voter ID card.

In order to acquire a new Department of State Voter ID, applicants will need to provide their name, address, Social Security number, proof of residency and 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 a document affirming 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. Once verified, the person will receive the free Department of State Voter ID, which is valid for 10 years.

The new Voter ID card will be available at all PennDOT Drivers’ License Centers, including three in the 14th Senatorial District:

  • 1085 Hanover Street, Hanover Industrial Estates, Wilkes-Barre
    • Hours: Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat: 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Thurs. from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 1052 South Church Street, Hazleton
    • Hours: Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Thurs. from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 1403 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive East, Route 443, Lehighton
    • Hours: Thurs/Fri/Sat from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

For more information on the requirements of the voter ID law and on the new Department of State Voter Identification cards, visit www.votespa.com or www.dos.state.pa.us

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