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California residents can soon get a REAL ID

REAL ID driver licenses are an optional card being made available to Californians who want to continue to use their driver license or ID card to board a domestic flight or enter secure federal facilities when new federal requirements take effect October 1, 2020. (Sample photo from California DMV)

Beginning January 22, California residents can get a REAL IDs.

REAL ID driver licenses are an optional card being made available to Californians who want to continue to use their driver license or ID card to board a domestic flight or enter secure federal facilities when new federal requirements take effect October 1, 2020.

Californians will have the choice to apply for a REAL ID driver license or ID card, or renew or apply for a federal non-compliant card.

There is no need to rush into a DMV field office. Until October 1, 2020, a valid California driver license or ID card can be used for federal purposes, including boarding a domestic flight and entering military bases or secure federal facilities. After that date, only a REAL ID card or other federally approved documents will be accepted, such as a U.S. passport, passport card or military ID.

CARD OPTIONS:

REAL ID Driver License – Federal Non-Compliant Driver License – with bear and star marking with “Federal Limits Apply” marking

“We want to make sure Californians are prepared to apply for a REAL ID driver license or ID card, if they choose,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “Customers need to visit a DMV field office and bring original or certified documents with them when applying for a REAL ID.”

To apply for a REAL ID:

? Make an appointment (recommended) to visit a DMV field office on or after January 22, 2018. ? Provide proof of identity, such as a certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, employment authorization document, permanent resident card or foreign passport with an approved form I-94. ? Present proof of your Social Security number, such as an SSN card, W-2 or paystub with full SSN. ? Show a California residency document, such as a rental or lease agreement, mortgage bill, utility bill or employment, medical or school document. ? An original or certified copy of a name change document, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree, may be required.

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