By: Nicholas Parsons
Nicholas Parsons is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
If you are a permanent resident of Pennsylvania, you have almost certainly heard about Pennsylvania’s upcoming requirement: state-issued IDs and driver’s licenses will no longer be sufficient to board a plane or enter a federal building. Due to its failure to comply with stipulations of the federal REAL ID Act, Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states which will face the maximum punishment for its noncompliance. What you most likely are unaware of, however, is the history behind this requirement, and the reason why Pennsylvania hasn’t complied.