Stricter federal requirements to be implemented for California’s Real IDs

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If you stood in line at the DMV this year for a Real ID, don’t worry—you don’t need to go back anytime soon.

Starting in April – the federal government will require Real ID applicants to provide two proofs of address at the DMV. That policy is stricter than what had been in been place previously.

“What we’ve been doing is asking applicants to provide one proof of residency document when they came into the office, and the second proof would be satisfied when the REAL ID Driver License or Card is delivered by mail to the applicant and return service is requested,” said Jaime Garza, spokesperson for the DMV.

Beginning in October 2020, the new Real ID will be the only state identification accepted at airports and federal buildings.

With the DMV already in the spotlight for long wait times and technology problems — that’s a concern for Assemblymember Jim Patterson. 

“The bigger problem going forward is millions of Californians are now going to rush the line for the real ID between now and 2020 and my concern is the DMV is utterly unprepared for that large rush,” said Patterson.

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