California Driver's License: A new look and procedure

Date Posted: 01/04/2018

Categories: News, Traffic Tickets, California Highway Patrol, California DMV, California Drivers, Driving Technology

Starting January 22, all driver's licenses in California will sport a new look.

Most importantly for travelers, you will now be given the option when renewing to get a standard ID or one that is REAL ID compliant- which means that they can be used at airport security for the foreseeable future.

Of course, all readers of this column should opt for a REAL ID compliant license (or ID card) if they plan on using it to get through airport security. This will involve a trip to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and there's more on that below.

The fees for a REAL ID license are the same as those currently charged for a driver's license or ID card.

Features of the new license include:

  • A golden bear with a white star in the upper right-- all REAL ID licenses must have this white star to show they are compliant.
  • A pale, color image of a forty-niner miner with fruit orchards and mountains on the right side.
  • Golden poppies (California state flower) in the lower left under the photo and sailboats to the right of that.
  • A large image of the state of California running through the middle background.
  • A new font for California header at top.
  • Not visible in the image above, but under ultraviolet “UV” light will be images of the Golden Gate Bridge and Coit tower.

This article was originally published in SF Gate. Continue reading the full article here.