Beginning May 3, 2023 every air traveler 18 year of age and older will need a REAL ID- compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.
The federal REAL ID Act places new rules on which forms of identification may be used to board flights within the United States (U.S.) and enter secure federal facilities, such as military bases, federal courthouses, and other federal facilities. A California issued REAL ID driver license or identification card meets these new requirements and is marked with a gold bear and star.
Applying for a REAL ID requires proofs of identity, social security number (SSN) if eligible, California residency, and a trip to a DMV office.
ONE identity document that shows your date of birth and true full name, such as a valid U.S. passport, certified copy of U.S. birth certificate, valid Permanent Resident Card, etc.
ONE document showing your name and full SSN, such as a Social Security card, W-2, pay stub showing full SSN.
TWO different documents proving California residency that include the first and last name and mailing address that will be shown on your REAL ID driver license or identification card. Examples include a mortgage bill, home utility or cell phone bill, vehicle registration card, and bank statement.
What else should I Know?
To get more information, visit the California REAL ID website.
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