What is REAL ID?

The REAL ID Act of 2005 established new standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. Starting October 1, 2020, you’ll need a REAL ID card or other federally approved document such as a valid U.S. passport, passport card, or military ID to board domestic flights or enter military bases and most federal facilities.

A REAL ID is not required to continue driving, but can only be issued to California residents by the DMV. The DMV accepts appointments by calling 1-800-777-0133 during business hours or by using the DMV’s online appointment system.