The Best Halloween Treat: A REAL ID
Sacramento: Nearly 16.5 million Californians now have a REAL ID – an increase of 144,400 from the previous month – according to California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) data.
Dracula might be able to fly wherever he wants in the bat of an eye, but you will need a REAL ID or another federally approved form of identification by May 7, 2025, if you want to fly within the United States or enter secure federal facilities using your driver’s license as identification. If you get yours now, it will be one less thing to be frightened about later.
“You can start your application online in less time than it takes to carve a pumpkin,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon. “Completing the process in the office can be done in a flash leaving plenty of time for trick-or-treating.”
To apply for a REAL ID, Californians should visit REALID.dmv.ca.gov, 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).Proof of California residency – Two documents, paper copies (example: utility bill, bank statement).Social Security number (exceptions may apply).
Visit REALID.dmv.ca.gov for a complete list of acceptable documents and a link to the online application.
Historical REAL ID information:Total REAL ID cardholders as of October 1, 2023: 16,477,185Total REAL ID cardholders as of September 1, 2023: 16,332,785Total REAL ID cardholders as of October 1, 2022: 14,328,554Online Services
The DMV has taken many steps to offer more digital services. Most DMV tasks do not require an office visit. The DMV encourages customers to use its online services and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals. Customers can also use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.