Make a New Year’s Resolution to be Travel Ready in 2020

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December 30, 2019

DMV reminds California residents of the fast-approaching REAL ID requirements

Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) encourages residents to make a New Year’s resolution to be prepared if they plan to fly within the U.S. after October 1, 2020.

“With the October 2020 REAL ID federal enforcement date in sight, we hope Californians will make a resolution to be #REALIDready so they are able to fly domestically,” DMV Director Steve Gordon said. “Anyone who shows up at the airport this October without the correct ID risks being turned away. We urge Californians to beat the anticipated last-minute rush and take care of their REAL ID needs today.”

Starting October 1, 2020, any individual who plans to fly within the United States or access federally secure facilities and military bases will be required to have a REAL ID or other federally approved document, such as a U.S. passport. The DMV encourages California residents to prepare now for the upcoming changes.

Californians applying for a REAL ID are required to visit a DMV field office with the following items:

  • An identity document*, such as a valid passport or original birth certificate. *If you’ve changed your name, legal name change document(s) might be required
  • A document with the entire Social Security Number visible, such as an original Social Security card or W-2 form.
  • Two hard copy documents showing California residency, such as a utility or cell phone bill, bank statement, or mortgage bill.

With lines at DMV offices shorter than ever, the DMV’s resolution is to keep wait times low. Californians can do their part by completing the required application online beforehand and being prepared for their visit to a DMV. Appointments are not required to complete an in-person REAL ID application, and customers can check wait times at nearby offices on the DMV website.

Many DMV offices also offer Saturday and extended morning hours. A full list of DMV offices and operating hours can be found at here.

For more information about REAL ID, a complete list of acceptable documents and FAQs, please visit


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