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Do you have questions about REAL ID? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers

Q: I heard that I need a REAL ID by 2020. Is that true?

A: You will need a REAL ID by October 2020 if you want to keep using your California driver license or identification card to fly within the U.S. or enter secure federal facilities and military bases. Otherwise, you can use another federally accepted form of ID such as passport, passport card, or military ID card.

Q: Is REAL ID free, or is there a fee?

A: The cost to obtain a REAL ID is $36 – the same as for a standard California driver license.

Q: Can I get a REAL ID without an appointment?

A: Yes, you can apply for a REAL ID without scheduling an appointment for your mandatory DMV field office visit. In fact, wait times are currently lower than ever! Many offices also have extended daily hours and Saturday hours; check the DMV website for a complete list of field offices, hours and to check real-time wait times at nearby field offices. To save you even more time, we strongly encourage you to also visit the DMV website to begin filling out the necessary application form prior to your visit.

Q: My cable bill has my full address on it. Is that enough to get my REAL ID application done?

A: No. You will need TWO documents to show proof of residency, and both need to show the REAL ID applicant’s name. Your cable television bill may be one of these documents. For a full list of accepted documents visit: realid.dmv.ca.gov and click on the tab “How Do I Get a REAL ID”? You’ll find a full document checklist as part of Step 4.

If you have a question regarding REAL ID, DMV, or available online services, please email AskDMV@dmv.ca.gov, or visit www.realid.dmv.ca.gov for a list of frequently asked questions.

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Courtesy of the California Department of Motor Vehicles

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