More Californians Thankful for a REAL ID

DMV says getting one is “easy as pie”

AMTV/ Sacramento, CA, Nov 08 – Nearly 14.6 million Californians now have a REAL ID as the federal enforcement date of May 3, 2023, approaches, according to Department of Motor Vehicles data. This is a 229,921 increase from the previous month.

“Next year during holiday travel time you’ll give thanks that you have a REAL ID. If you fly across the country for that big family dinner, you’ll need a REAL ID if you use your driver’s license or ID card to board a plane,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon. “And thankfully, we’ve made it easy as pie to get one. All you have to do is fill out an online application, upload your documents and make a quick trip to the DMV.”

Beginning next May, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require a valid passport or other federally approved document, like a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card, to board flights within the United States and access secure federal facilities.

To apply for a REAL ID, Californians should visit, 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)

Proofs of California residency – Two documents, paper copies (example: utility bill, bank statement)

Social Security number (exceptions may apply)
Visit for a complete list of acceptable documents and a link to the online application.

Historical REAL ID information:
Total REAL ID cardholders as of November 1, 2022: 14,558,475
Total REAL ID cardholders as of October 1, 2022: 14,328,554
Total REAL ID cardholders as November 1, 2021: 11,878,244

Online 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.

To sign up for paperless vehicle registration and driver’s license renewal notices, customers must sign in or create a secure online account at, and then opt in.

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