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'Safety net' photo ID available to certain registered Pa. voters

August 27, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. — What Pennsylvania’s State Department calls a “safety net” photo identification card is now available to certain registered voters.

The card, which is being rolled out Monday and Tuesday at PennDOT centers, was developed in response to complaints many voters cannot qualify for a conventional PennDOT identification card.

To apply, voters must first apply for a PennDOT card. If they cannot provide the required birth certificate, officials say they’ll be issued a State Department card so long as they’re registered to vote, know their Social Security number and can verify their address.

A state law taking effect on Election Day requires all voters to show a Pennsylvania driver’s license or another valid photo ID at their polling places.

The new State Department card is free and valid for 10 years.

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