The federal REAL ID Act places new rules on which forms of identification may be used to board flights within the United States (U.S.) and enter secure federal facilities, such as military bases, federal courthouses, and other federal facilities. A California issued REAL ID driver’s license or identification card meets these new requirements and is marked with a gold bear and star. Applying for a REAL ID requires proofs of identity, California residency, and a trip to a DMV office.
Apply now to get the benefits of a REAL ID, like boarding domestic flights and access to federal facilities before the rush!
- Know before you go. Use the online checklist to gather the documents you need.
- Save time and go online. Be REAL ID ready by starting your application online.
- Your appointment is waiting. Pick a time at your convenience using our online scheduling tool.
- Beat the rush. Upgrade well before the May 3, 2023, enforcement date to avoid crowds and longer wait times.
For more information on REAL ID, visit the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) websites.