DMV is unveiling a new ‘secure’ license for California drivers. Here’s how to get one
Starting this month, many of California’s 26 million drivers will find themselves making a special trip to a place no one really likes to go: the local DMV office.
The reason: In October 2020, federal security officials will no longer accept the current California driver’s license as valid identification for domestic air travel.
In its place, California this month will unveil a new driver’s license, called REAL ID, that complies with a federal mandate that all states create licenses and licensing procedures deemed more secure by officials at the Transportation Security Administration.
To get the new card, though, California drivers must bring documents that prove their identity to Department of Motor Vehicles field offices. That news has caused confusion and some consternation.