Proposal to Waive Photo ID Fees for Vulnerable Pennsylvanians Advances to Governor’s Desk

HARRISBURG – A bill that would waive photo identification fees for many vulnerable Pennsylvanians is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

House Bill 2296 would waive the photo identification fee for anyone who affirms in writing that they are homeless. The bill would help thousands of Pennsylvanians who live on fixed or limited incomes or are attempting to reenter society due to homelessness, addiction or metal heath recovery. Access to identification can help these individuals find employment and access other critical resources, Bartolotta said.

“Photo identification is an absolute necessity for finding a job, accessing assistance programs and applying for housing. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania currently has one of the highest photo ID fees in the country,” Bartolotta said. “These costs should not serve as a barrier to employment, housing, education and other services that will help vulnerable people take the first steps toward financial security and independence.”

Bartolotta introduced similar legislation earlier this year in Senate Bill 1211. Language that mirrors Bartolotta’s bill was included in an amendment to House Bill 2296.

Thirty-four other states and the District of Columbia offer either fee waivers or reduced fees for a photo ID.

The bill also includes provisions to extend commercial driver license (CDL) permits, strengthen penalties for human trafficking by CDL holders, and address additional CDL training requirements.


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