DID YOU KNOW … CALIFORNIA DMV REAL ID
How the REAL ID Act Impacts Californians
Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver license or identification (ID) card to be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board a domestic flight or enter military bases and most federal facilities.
The California DMV began offering a federal compliant REAL ID driver license or ID card as an option to customers on January 22, 2018.
If you have a valid U.S. passport, passport card, military ID, or another form of Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) approved identification, these documents will still be accepted to board a domestic flight. Federally compliant identification will also be required to access military bases and most federal facilities.
The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 was passed in response to the events of 9/11. For more on the REAL ID Act, visit the Department of Homeland Security website.
Do I Need a REAL ID?
The California DMV is offering two different types of cards, REAL ID Compliant DL/ID cards and Federal Non-Compliant DL/ID cards.
REAL ID Compliant DL/ID cards allow applicants to:
• Use it as identification to board an airplane.
• Enter military bases and most federal facilities.
Note: These requirements do not go into effect until October 1, 2020.
Federal Non-Compliant DL/ID cards will consist of:
• All DL/ID cards other than REAL ID Compliant DL/ID cards including DLs issued pursuant to AB 60.
If you do not apply for a federal compliant REAL ID driver license or ID card, you will receive a Federal Non-Compliant card, which displays the words “Federal Limits Apply.” This card cannot be used to board a domestic flight or visit a military base or certain federal facilities beginning October 1, 2020.
Important: Make sure to check with the federal facility/military base before you visit to verify their identification requirements.
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