Millions of Californians will soon have to visit the DMV. Here’s why

Date Posted: 11/17/2017

Categories: News, California Highway Patrol, California DMV, California Office of Traffic Safety, California Drivers

As the deadline to meet new federal standards for state licenses and ID cards approaches, Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Sacramento and around the state are preparing for a rush.

The new standards mean California fliers who rely on their driver’s license to board domestic flights will no longer be able to do so beginning Oct. 1, 2020, unless they come equipped with the federally approved IDs and licenses or a different form of acceptable identification, such as a valid U.S. passport or military ID, the DMV said.

California DMV offices will begin accepting applications for the new licenses and identification cards, called REAL IDs, on Jan. 22, said Jessica Gonzalez, a DMV spokeswoman.

Judging from a visit to the Tahoe Park DMV office in Sacramento on Thursday, most Californians have little awareness of the coming change.

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