DMV answers Real ID questions in preparation for upcoming changes

February 07 2021 03:30 pm

Next year will bring big changes in the way you use your drivers license or ID.

That’s why we teamed up with the Department of Motor Vehicles to keep you informed. The station hosted a phone bank Wednesday and questions flooded in.

Jaime Garza a DMV spokesman worked to put all confusion to rest, with a simple break down of what a Real ID is exactly. He said it came about post 9/11.

“It’s a card that requires you to provide specific documentation that the federal government is requiring to get one of these drivers license or identification cards,” Garza said.

Garza said the documents include one proof of identity, like a passport or birth certificate, one proof of social security and two proofs of California residency such as utility or phone bills.

The upcoming Real ID changes take effect October 1, 2020 but Garza said that does not mean they’re mandatory.

“You do not need the real ID drivers license or identification card, you can use a passport, passport card, military ID if you so choose,” he said.

He said people who don’t have one of those, or another federally approved document, might want to consider a real ID — Especially if airline travel is in the future.

“Beginning October 1, 2020 if you do not have a federally compliant ID you’re not going to be able to fly domestically, you’re not going to be able to enter secure federal facilities,” Garza said.

People with licenses will, however maintain the same driving privileges.

“The only difference is the real ID which has a bear and star in the upper corner requires you to come into a DMV office and provide specific documentation,” Garza said.

The DMV is looking to make the upcoming change as hassle free as possible. Many locations are open Saturdays and offer extended hours.

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