Contact Information 

District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

PennDOT Making Plans to Roll Out REAL ID
8/31/2018

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 penndot.gov/REALID.
 

 
Join Me for a Town Hall Meeting

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to my town hall meetings earlier this week. We had some great discussion about the state budget, pensions, property taxes and more. If you didn’t make it to one of those meetings, we have more coming up in the next couple weeks:

I hope you will come out and be involved in making our communities better places to live, work and raise our families. For additional information, contact my offices in Muncy (570-546-2084) or Jersey Shore (570-398-4476).
 
 
Senior Expo Set for Sept. 13
 

Area senior citizens, their family members and caregivers are invited to my annual Senior Expo on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lycoming Valley Baptist Church, 4980 Lycoming Mall Drive in Montoursville.

Stop by to check out a variety of exhibitors sharing information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, financial planning, government services and more. Health screenings will also be offered.

New this year is a Senior Crime Prevention Seminar hosted by the state attorney general’s office to help seniors protect themselves against scams. The seminar will be held at 10:30 a.m. If you plan to attend the seminar, please register by calling my office at 570-327-2084.

Document shredding, which helps protect against identity theft, will be provided by North Central Sight Services from 9:30 a.m. to noon. A MedReturn drop box, which helps keep unused or expired medications out of the wrong hands, will again be provided by the Lycoming County Sheriff. Finally, Safe Kids Pennsylvania will be collecting used or unwanted child safety seats from 9:30-11:30 a.m. A gift certificate will be given for each safety seat that is collected.

The expo is free to attend. I hope to see you there!
 
 
Celebrating Quality Farming at Misty Mountain Farms

 

There’s no better way to start the day than with area farmers and leaders of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for Farmer Field Day in Lycoming County.

I was honored to have the opportunity to take part in this event on Wednesday, which highlighted the great work of Dave and Holly Albert, sixth-generation farmers at Misty Mountain Farm in Trout Run.

The Alberts shared their proactive approach to protecting the West Branch of Murray Run, which runs through their property, by fencing cattle out of the stream and establishing a native riparian buffer nearly 20 years ago. They also discussed the best management practices they use to retain quality soil and their farm-to-table marketing strategies.

Thank you to the Alberts, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Chesapeake Conservancy for a great day!
 
 
Mark Your Calendar!
 

Rep. Jeff Wheeland and I will be hosting a series of Gun Law Seminars in October. Presenters will include Lycoming County Judge Marc Lovecchio, who will discuss Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws; Lycoming County Sheriff Mark Lusk, who will explain rules and regulations surrounding licenses to carry firearms; a police officer, who will discuss how to safely interact with the police when carrying a firearm; and an officer from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, who will discuss firearm carry laws as they relate to hunting seasons.

The events are scheduled as follows:
Seating is limited and advance registration is required. To RSVP, click here, or contact the district office by calling (570) 398-4476 or emailing Kathy Koch at kkoch@pahousegop.com.
 
 
Special Veterans Assistance Hours Sept. 24
 
If you are a veteran or a family member of one, I encourage you to take advantage of free assistance at Penn Hills Plaza, Suite 1, Muncy.

Dan Falls, department service officer with the Pennsylvania American Legion, will be available by appointment on Monday, Sept. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to help with issues such as compensation, pension, death benefits, education, health care and general veterans’ benefits. Veterans do not need to be a member of the legion to participate.

To schedule an appointment, call my district office at (570) 546-2084.
 
 
Fall Newsletter Now Available Online
 

 
You should have already received my fall newsletter in your mailboxes, but if you didn’t, it is also available online here.

In it, you’ll find information about this year’s state budget, my bill to help ensure justice for people with intellectual disabilities, school safety initiatives, upcoming events and more.
 
 
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Please know that all email addresses are only used by my office and are not shared with or sold to any third parties.
 
 
Traveling Over Labor Day? Check Traffic Conditions on 511PA.com
 

Travelers can log onto 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.
 
 
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, dmv.pa.gov.
 
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