I wouldn’t be surprised if there were many Californians who haven’t heard about an important development which will affect their lives when it comes to boarding flights domestically, or accessing any secure federal buildings beginning October 1, 2020. It is the REAL ID program which is being fascilitated via your DMV. Even those who have knowledge of the program, sometimes find confusion surrounding it. The REAL ID program will affect folks in all states.
A few days back, I received notice from the California DMV that my driver’s license will expire on my birthdate. I had heard rumblings about REAL ID, and had also heard it sometimes took a while to get an appointment with the DMV to facilitate a renewal or obtain a REAL ID. This morning I found the earliest appointment the DMV can accommodate me is March 12th. Yep, folks, that’s two months from now.
For those living here in California, needing to renew your driver’s license soon, I recommend you visit the DMV website and make your appointment early. There is quite a backlog. Also, information is available about what documentation will be required of you to acquire a federally mandated Real ID, which will be required to board planes domestically, or enter secure federal buildings October 1, 2020.
The California DMV has posted sample driver tests on their website. They can be accessed via: California DMV Sample Driver Tests
For more information about the Real ID Program, you can visit: REAL ID Act Information, Application and Check List
I hope this helps!