Three-Million CA Residents Affected By DMV's Real ID Blunder

That Real ID you received from the California Department of Motor Vehicles may not be real after all. Over three-million Californians who recently tried to comply with a federal mandate for upgraded identification when traveling by air may have to make a return visit to the DMV.

In a letter sent to Governor Gavin Newsom officials with the Department of Homeland Security explained that the DMV failed to require applicants for the Real IDs to provide more than one document to prove residency. When getting a new Real ID license, residents must provide two documents listing their address.

The DMV said they will be sending letters to the millions of people affected by the mistake, and added that the discrepancy can be resolved by simply sending the letter back. They also could visit a field office, or provide additional proof of residency online.

This is just the latest headache for the California DMV when it comes to implementation of the federal Real ID program. Unless they have a passport, all Americans will need Real ID cards by October 1, 2020 if they want to fly commercially.


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