Backlog of REAL ID applications hits the Pennsylvania DMV

The first wave of Real ID seekers produced a backlog of more than 30,000 unprocessed PennDOT applications, raising concerns about wait times for the new identification cards people will need to get on an airplane next year.

In the past two weeks, the logjam has been reduced to 14,000 pending online requests, according to PennDOT, which expects that 2.5 million Pennsylvanians will apply for a Real ID-compliant identification.

“At the current pace I think we can easily assess that we’re substantially behind,” said state Rep. Mark Gillen, a Berks County Republican who has pressed PennDOT for more transparency on the issue. “We could see a cataclysmic backlog of applicants for Real ID.”