REAL ID now requires one less document, California DMV says

Californians applying for REAL ID will no longer have to provide a document bearing their Social Security number, the Department of Motor Vehicles announced.

The requirement was updated to follow revised federal guidelines, said the DMV’s announcement Wednesday.

Applicants who are eligible for Social Security will still have to provide the number, but no document of proof will be needed. The other requirements remain the same: proof of identity (such as a birth certificate or passport) and two proofs of California residency.

Last month, the enforcement date for REAL ID requirements was again delayed, to May 3, 2023. At that time, REAL ID or a passport will be required to board a domestic flight or enter some federal facilities.

Californians must visit a DMV office to get a first-time REAL ID, but an applicant doesn’t need an appointment if the documents have been submitted online beforehand.

In California, a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card is denoted by an image of a gold bear with a star in the upper right corner.

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