Got a REAL ID? You may need to visit DMV again

California

Over the next few months, you may need to be walking through the doors of the DMV and waiting in line. 

The DMV is sending letters to almost 3.5 million Californians who already have their REAL ID.

Those people have been flooding the DMV over the last year since federal law started requiring Californians to have a REAL ID by Oct. 1, 2020. 

REAL IDs will be needed to fly or enter federal facilities without carrying your passport. 

Department of Homeland Security found that California DMVs started issuing these REAL IDs to people without asking for a second proof of residency. 

So the DMV started sending out notices on Monday and officials say they’ll continue to do so throughout the summer. 

The DMV did state that for many of the existing REAL ID card holders, a trip to the DMV may not be necessary, but it’s all a case-by-case basis. 

According to the department, cardholders will need to check a box on the letter they will be getting, confirming their mailing address is correct. 

Afterward, they’ll sign and date the document and sent it back to the DMV. 

That letter sent back should be the confirmed second proof of residency. 

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