Everything you need to know about the CA 'Real ID'

Driver's license won't be valid for flying in 2020
Posted at 5:55 PM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 20:55:41-05

BAKERSFIELD, CA. — It is the new form of identification in the state -- the California 'Real ID'.

On October 1, 2020, Californians who don't have a passport or military ID will need a 'Real ID' to fly domestically or enter certain buildings.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has a checklist online that breaks down all the required documentation you will need.

To apply for a 'Real ID', California residents need to provide the following:

  1. One identity document, such as certified U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport
  2. One document with Social Security number, such as Social Security card, W-2 form with full SSN
  3. One document showing residency, such as a home utility bill that lists your name and physical address

Starting April 2019, you will need to provide two different proofs of residency.

People who have already been issued their 'Real ID' will not have to show another form of residency until their driver's license or ID card is up for renewal, according to DMV officials.

Officials recommend bringing as many documents as possible to ensure you have all the requirements. For a full list of the requirements, click here.