DMV Answers REAL ID Questions during ABC7 Prime Time Newscasts

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June 25, 2019

San Francisco – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is teaming up with KGO-TV (ABC7) to inform Bay Area residents about the REAL ID driver license and identification card program on June 26. Representatives will discuss the REAL ID program with 7 On Your Side consumer reporter Michael Finney while DMV employees answer general REAL ID questions from viewers who can call in during newscasts at 4, 5, and 6 p.m. Viewers can also submit questions on ABC7’s social media site and watch streaming on Facebook Live.

NOTE: DMV employees will not have access to records during the call-in session and therefore, will not be able to address specific customer issues. The DMV and ABC7 want residents to be prepared for upcoming changes to federal identification requirements to board flights within the United States and access secure federal facilities and military bases that begin October 1, 2020. When the enforcement date takes effect, Californians will be required to show one of the following documents at airport security checkpoints and specific federal screening locations:

For Californians who want to continue to use their driver license or identification card to fly within the United States or enter secure federal facilities, the DMV offers residents a federal compliant REAL ID driver license and identification card, which is identified with a bear and star.

To apply, individuals must visit a DMV office and bring the following documents:

Image of REAL ID Driver License with arrow pointing to the gold star and bear

One Proof of Identity – Original or Certified
(Ex: Valid passport, birth certificate, etc.)

One Proof of Social Security Number

Two Proofs of California Residency – Paper Copies
(Ex: Utility bill, cell phone bill, bank statement, vehicle registration card)

For a complete list of acceptable documents, visit

Timesaving Tip: Customers are encouraged to fill out the online driver license application before their office visit:

View and embed the REAL ID Application Guide video:

Saturday Service: The DMV offers Californians convenient Saturday service at 62 of its field offices throughout the state. Find the nearest office offering Saturday hours here.

Timesaving Tip: Individuals without an appointment are finding their visit time significantly reduced if they arrive after 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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