Thousands of people in California still need to process their Real IDs. Though the date has been extended, don’t leave it for the last minute.
For some people, getting a Real ID is still one of those pending activities that has been left for later. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced in December 2022 that the implementation date for Real ID has been extended, starting May 7, 2025.
Although it has more time to process it, the Real ID office in California invites eligible people who haven’t received it yet to put this task on their New Year’s resolutions list.
Real ID is a document that will be required to board flights within the United States and to enter certain federal buildings such as courts or military bases. If you do not have Real ID after the effective date, you will need to present a passport to board a domestic flight or other valid document.
Real ID is a federally recognized document and can be obtained through the Department of Motor Vehicles or DMV.
You need to follow these steps to get your Real ID.
First, collect the necessary documents:
- an original identity or a certified document: These documents can be passport, birth certificate, green card or certificate of naturalization. You can see the complete list at this link. If you have changed your legal name, you will need to submit supporting documents (marriage certificate, adoption papers, etc.).
- Two proofs of California residency: You must submit two documents that show your name and address where you live in California. These documents can be rent agreement, utility bill or bank statement.
- And finally, you have to submit Social Security Number.
Once you have all your documents, you can start the online process to get your Real ID at this link. There you will be able to upload your documents online.
Finally, you will need to visit a DMV office in California to complete your application.
You can visit the DMV website in California for more information about the process you must follow or the documents you need.