Penn State University’s new student ID card will now include an expiration date, which the state’s new voter ID law requires. The law says that anyone voting in November’s election must have a photo ID with an expiration date. That would include a driver license and passport. However, students who are non-Pennsylvania residents, would not have such an identification.
Beginning with summer orientation, all new student ID cards issued will include a printed expiration date that is five years from the date of issue.
During the 2012 fall semester, current students who have not yet been issued an ID card with an expiration date, and possess no other acceptable form of ID that can be used for voting, will be issued an expiration sticker that can be affixed to Penn State’s ID card, making it valid for voting under the new law. There will be no charge for the stickers.
“We, of course, want to help students fulfill their voting privileges,” said Joel Weidner, director of information systems for Auxiliary & Business Services. “Using a sticker as an interim solution for students who need to use their ID card for voting is a cost efficient and effective way to handle the need that will arise for the November election. This is a stop-gap measure until students receive a new ID card (with an expiration date) as part of the normal cycle of issuing and replacing IDs.”