The next time you renew your driver’s license or state ID, you may want to consider replacing it with a new type of card called a REAL ID card. After October 1, 2020, driver’s licenses and state IDs will no longer serve as valid identification for domestic flights or for entering secure federal facilities, but a REAL ID will. This new card can also function as a driver’s license, so you won’t need two cards.
For those who don’t often fly domestic and don’t need to enter any secure facilities, a REAL ID is not necessary and the old options are still available. A standard driver’s license or ID card will still serve all its original functions, except for valid identification for domestic flights and secure facilities. REAL ID will not be the only form of identification accepted for domestic flights or entering secure facilities; a valid U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, military ID, or other federally approved identification will also serve this purpose. Children under 18 do not need to provide identification for domestic flights when travelling with someone with a federally approved form of ID.
In order to apply for a REAL ID, you will need 1) proof of identity (original or certified), 2) proof of Social Security Number, and 3) a document proving California residency. You may need to provide a name change document if your name differs from the one used on your identification documents.
More information, including a full list of federally approved forms of ID, can be found at www.tsa.gov.