FRESNO, California (KGPE) – The clock is ticking to upgrade to a Real ID drivers license. The federally approved identification will be required in just over a year to fly domestically or enter any federal facility.
That’s why we teamed up with the DMV to keep you informed, answering your questions about California’s real ID. DMV representatives were ready to answer any questions you might have Wednesday night at our phone bank.
The requirement comes after the events of 9/11. Congress passed a measure in 2005 requiring licenses to have enhanced security features for anyone boarding a domestic flight. Other forms of identity issued by the federal government will also be accepted, such as a passport or military ID.
The Real ID can be identified by the marking in the upper right-hand corner showing a California grizzly bear and star.
To apply, the DMV says an applicant needs to show proof of identity: either a birth certificate, passport or permanent resident card; a proof of social security number; a California residency document (such as a lease agreement), a utility bill or an employment document; any name change documents such as marriage license, divorce decree or a court order, if applicable.
Current California driver’s licenses and ID cards will continue to be accepted until October 1st, 2020.
For more information about the Real ID click here.