DMV encourages all Californians to consider getting a REAL ID now

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The DMV is encouraging all Californians to consider getting a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card now. The federal enforcement day of May 7, 2025, requires a REAL ID to board flights within the United States and access secure federal facilities not having a REAL ID will need to provide a federally approved document to get through airport security.

To apply for a REAL ID, Californians should visit, fill out the online application and upload their documents. Customers must visit a DMV office and bring their uploaded documents to complete the application. Customers need to provide:

  • Proof of identity* – One original or certified document (example: valid passport, birth certificate) *Legal name change document(s) is required if name on proof of identity is different from the name on the other documents (example: marriage certificate, adoption papers).
  • Proofs of California residency – Two documents, paper copies (example: utility bill, bank statement).
  • Social Security number (exceptions may apply).

Visit for a complete list of acceptable documents and a link to the online application.