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Driver's license, ID cards OK for flying

Driver's license, ID cards OK for flying

On Oct. 1, 2020, the federal government will require driver's licenses or identification cards to be Real ID-compliant to board airplanes and enter military bases or other federal facilities, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. To apply for a REAL ID, you must go to the DMV in person.

"If you know you will not be boarding a domestic flight or visiting a secure federal facility or military base, you donot need a REAL ID driver license or ID card", the site says. Currently, you can continue to use your state-issued driver's license or ID to fly in the USA until October 1, 2020, but we suggest you upgrade to the REAL ID within the next two years. CBS Sacramento reports the Real ID cards are optional and Californians can choose to apply for federal non-compliant card.

Called REAL ID, the special cards are to to safeguard air travel, in the post 9/11 world.

Make an appointment (recommended) to visit a DMV field office on or after January 22, 2018.

After that date, only a REAL ID card or other federally approved documents will be accepted, such as a US passport, passport card or military ID.

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Finally, you'll need a proof of California residency, which could be a utility bill or lease agreement.

An original or certified copy of a name change document, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree, may be required.

Obtaining those documents may save months of waiting for documents when PennDOT begins offering REAL ID-compliant licenses in the spring of 2019, according to the department.

Some local lawmakers, however, suggest that collecting those documents and purchasing a passport may still be the better option for many. Until then, your regular California driver's license will be sufficient. A gold miner is featured on the right side of the card while California poppies sit in the bottom left corner.