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DMV Director Talks about Real ID

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Listen: DMV Director Steve Gordon

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding Californians that new federal ID requirements to fly within the United States or enter secure federal facilities take effect October 1, 2020.

As a reminder, a REAL ID driver license or identification card can only be obtained by visiting a DMV field office with the required documents:

  • An identity document (valid passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • A document with a Social Security number (Social Security card or W-2 form showing entire number)
  • Two hard copy documents showing California residency (utility or cell phone bill, bank statement, mortgage bill, etc.).

A list of federally accepted application documents and other information can be found on theCalifornia DMV REAL ID website.

To save time, the DMV encourages residents to fill out their application prior to visiting their nearest DMV office and to consider those that offer Saturday and extended morning hours. Californians can also check the status of wait times at their local branch by

For the complete document checklist, and the interactive quiz to find out if it’s time to get a REAL ID, and a list of other federally approved identification that can continue to be used after October 1, 2020, such as a passport,

DMV Director Steve Gordon

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