Start your New Year off by adding obtaining your REAL ID to your resolutions list.
Q: When is the new REAL ID enforcement date?
A:The REAL ID enforcement date has been extended until May 7, 2025. However, there is no reason to delay getting your REAL ID. Why wait when you can check it off your to-do list for this year?
Q: What type of documents are required to apply for my REAL ID?
A: One original or certified proof of identity, and two different printed proofs of California residency are required.
One original or certified document*
— Examples: valid passport, birth certificate
*Legal name change document(s) is/are required if the name on the proof of identity is different from the name on the other documents (marriage certificate, adoption papers, etc.)
Two different printed proofs of California residency
— Examples: utility bill, bank statement, insurance documents (vehicle, health, homeowner’s, etc.), tax return, rental or lease agreement, school documents
Social Security number (exceptions may apply)
Start your online application today and get REAL ID ready in three simple steps:
1. Gather your identification documents.
2. Complete your online application and upload your documents.
3. Visit the DMV office to complete your REAL ID application.
Visit dmv.ca.gov/realid for a complete list of acceptable documents and to begin your online application.
For more information or answers to questions not listed here, please visit www.dmv.ca.gov.