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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020 10:49 am | Updated: 11:08 am, Fri Jan 10, 2020.

Beginning on Oct. 1 of this year, you’re going to need a federally regulated REAL ID certification logo on your driver’s license if you want to board an airplane - even if you are just flying domestic. The new regulation, which sprung from findings from the 9/11 Commission Report, is designed to set a nationwide minimum standard for the issuance of drivers licenses by state governments. This nationwide standard is supposed to make it impossible for all non-U.S. Nationals (or U.S. Citizens who don’t have a REAL ID drivers license or ID card) to fly without presenting a much harder-to-counterfeit passport. The goal is to further heighten air travel security across all U.S. domestic flights and help prevent people who should be on a plane from flying on one.

On the California DMV’s website, there is a useful portal for citizens to access designed to streamline the REAL ID application process. The process is broken down into three easy steps, which do not require much effort for follow.

Step 1

Click on the text that reads “Fill out the application.” When accessed, the link will take you to an official DMV application page to apply for a REAL ID. Like most DMV applications, the process can be completed in ten different languages. Click the “Start” button to get going, and then choose your language. 

The first prompt you encounter is going to ask you if you would like to apply for a ID card or drivers license, or if you would like to apply for a commercial license. Click the one you prefer and continue on to the next screen to accept the terms and conditions. Up next you’re going to be asked whether or nor you would like to sign up for or sign in to your ID Me account. If you haven’t made one, that’s what you will be doing next. If you have a Google account you can sign in using that as well. 

For added security, the next step in the process is going to be a two-factor authentication portal which will send your phone a text message to help confirm your identity, with the optional choice to create a recovery code in case you ever lose your phone. After granting the entity (CA DMV) access you email you on the next screen, you’ll be asked to provide your full name and date of birth and then taken through a site which allows you to fill out the application process to renew your license online. 

Fill in the proper information and complete the steps. Make sure to check the option that you will be applying for a REAL ID and select that you will be applying for a REAL ID for the first time. Once your application is complete, you’ll be required to take the auto-generated confirmation code with you the DMV office closest to you. If you like to make an appointment, you can do so at this stage in the process.

Step 2

Gather your documents. To apply for a REAL ID card, you must present ONE identity document that includes your date of birth and your true full name (first, middle, and last). This could include a passport, a birth certificate, a permanent resident card, or an unexpired foreign passport with a valid U.S. visa and the proper I-94 paperwork, to name just a few of the sorts of documentation accepted. For a full list of accepted documents you can visit the DMV’s website. Along with your ID card you are going to need proof of Social Security, and two proofs of residency.

Step 3

Visit a DMV office. You can either do an old-fashioned walk-in to the DMV and stand in a series of long lines with the sneezing people with their crying babies, or you can make an appointment for about two months out and just skip all that. How you plan your trip to the DMV is entirely up to you, but you need to be at an actual physical office to complete your REAL ID application process, which includes paying the $35 fee.

If you would like to get your REAL ID before it becomes mandatory to have one to get on an airplane this October, head on over to https://realid.dmv.ca.gov/ and follow the steps using the instructions listed above.

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