How Do I Get A REAL ID?

Step 1

Fill out the online application

Filling out the online application will save time during your DMV visit.

Step 2

Gather your documents

Use DMV’s interactive REAL ID document checklist to gather all of the documentation you will need to bring to DMV to apply for your REAL ID.

Step 3

Visit a DMV office

Select DMV offices are open to the public as of May 8, 2020, to assist customers with existing appointments and with transactions that require an in-person visit. Californians who do not have an urgent need to go to a DMV field office should delay their visit, including those interested in applying for a REAL ID. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that the REAL ID enforcement date is extended to October 1, 2021, and customers who want a REAL ID will have an opportunity to apply at a later date.

Note: DMV has extended all driver licenses that expire between March and May 2020 and has expanded eligibility to renew online.

Watch the step-by-step

The REAL ID Application Guide video on how to apply for a REAL ID on DMV’s YouTube Channel.

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