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This is the last summer you can travel by air within the U.S. without a federally accepted form of identification. Get a REAL ID now!

Ask The DMV: How to Get Your REAL ID

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Summer is here! This season is one of the most popular times to travel and if you or your family members are planning a summer vacation, make sure to check off getting your REAL ID from your travel checklist. Wherever your summer vacation is taking you, REAL ID is your ticket to fly!

Image of the DMV logo. This time next summer, federal regulations will require you to show a REAL ID driver’s license or another federally approved form of identification (passport, military ID, etc.) to travel within the U.S. and to visit secure federal facilities (military bases, federal courthouses).

Note that a REAL ID cannot be used for international travel, a passport is still required.

It’s no secret, we’re all ready to start traveling again. And with a REAL ID, you’ll be ready! The REAL ID process is easier than ever with the DMV’s online services. Get ahead of the summer break rush and start your simple online application today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

My children are 7 and 11 years old. Will they need REAL IDs to fly to Florida next summer?

No. The TSA does not require anyone under the age of 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. However, the companion will need a form of federally accepted identification (REAL ID, U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport Card, DHS Trusted Traveler Card, etc.).

Which documents will I need to get a REAL ID?

You will need one original or certified proof of identity and two different printed proofs of California residency. Follow the three simple steps below and visit dmv.ca.gov/realid to start your REAL ID application and view a complete list of acceptable documents:

  1. Gather your documents
  2. Complete your online application and upload your documents
  3. Make an appointment and visit the DMV office to complete the process

Visit dmv.ca.gov/realid to get REAL ID ready today!

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