California drivers will need to upgrade their driver’s licenses to a REAL ID driver’s license by Oct. 1, 2020, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The REAL ID is a federal compliant driver’s license or ID card that will be required to travel domestically on commercial flights.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security website states REAL ID is a coordinated effort by the states and the federal government to inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulently-obtained driver’s licenses and identification cards.
Based on a recommendation of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, the REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 and is designed to ensure that people boarding a flight or entering a federal building are who they say they are.
Unless you bring your passport, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not let you through the security checkpoints without a REAL ID.
According to a press release from GetDismissed.com, switching to REAL ID is the biggest change to ID cards and driver’s licenses in years. Steven F. Miller, president and founder of GetDismissed.com, said the new cards will standardize the ID requirements across all states that currently have various ID standards and make identification more secure and safe.