random card numberCalifornia Driver’s License: A new look and procedure


random card numberCalifornia Driver’s License: A new look and procedure

California Driver’s License: A new look and procedure

  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.

  Below is an image of the current, but soon to be dated California license.

  IMPORTANT: Your current California driver’s license can be used at airport security through October 1, 2020. After that, it will have to be REAL ID compliant.

  According to a DMV spokesperson, when renewing your current license or applying for a new REAL ID compliant one in coming years, you will need to:


  >Make an appointment to visit a DMV field office on or after January 22, 2018.

  >Provide proof of identity, such as a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, employment authorization document, permanent resident card or foreign passport with an approved form I-94.

  >Show a California residency document.

  >Present proof of your Social Security number.

  >A name change document, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree, may be needed.

  Here is a list of document options which the DMV says is currently only “proposed” and subject to change pending approval by the Office of Administrative Law.

  More information from California DMV on REAL ID is available at www.REALID.dmv.ca.gov.

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