New Requirements for California ID

Emma Streich, Reporter

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Starting October 1, 2020 California residents will need a REAL ID in order to board an airplane, enter military bases and enter most federal facilities. They will not be allowed to use their current drivers licenses anymore but they can use their passports in place of this new ID to fly.

January 22, 2018 was the first day the California DMV offered citizens REAL IDs but they will not be required until October 1, 2020.

You will not need a REAL ID to drive, apply for or receive federal benefits (Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, etc.), enter a federal facility that does not require ID (i.e. a post office), visit a hospital, or receive life-saving services.

To get a REAL ID, one must go to the DMV with or without an appointment and provide proof of identity, proof of social security number, and proof of California residency to request the $30 ID card.

It takes about four weeks for the processing time.

The REAL ID act was passed in 2005 in response to 9/11 but 20 U.S. states did not comply with the rules and thus received an extension.

New California IDs will have a golden bear in the top left corner and will have new designs that can only be seen with an ultraviolet light.



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New Requirements for California ID