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Beginning January 22, 2018, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) started offering REAL ID compliant driver licenses and identification cards. As mandated by the REAL ID Act of 2005, a REAL ID, U.S. Passport, or military ID will be required by the federal government to board domestic flights, or to access some federal facilities starting on October 1, 2020.
If you use your driver license or ID card to get through airport security, or to access a federal facility this will soon change.
According to the DMV, residents interested in applying for a REAL ID compliant driver license or identification card must do the following:
Valid California driver licenses and identification cards can be used to board commercial flights until October 1, 2020.
Also, if you have a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card, military ID, or other federally approved identification, you may use this as your form of identification to pass a TSA checkpoint at airports nationwide and visit a secure federal building or military installations at any time. Make sure to check with the federal facility/military base before you visit to verify their identification requirements.
The cost for a REAL ID driver license or identification card is the same as those currently charged for a standard driver license or identification card. REAL IDs will have a special marking of the California grizzly bear with a star on the top right corner of the card.
For more information on REAL ID, please visit REALID.dmv.ca.gov.