Beginning January 22, 2018, California Drivers Can Upgrade Their Driver’s License to the New Real ID

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GetDismissed.com, a web-based legal document assistant, states that all California drivers should upgrade their driver’s licenses to a REAL ID driver’s license, beginning January 22, 2018. The new ID card was mandated as part of the REAL ID Act of 2005 and passed in response to 9/11 that created new security standards for states driver’s licenses and IDs.

We are advising all Californians to make an appointment with your local DMV office and upgrade to the new REAL ID.

All California drivers can upgrade their driver’s licenses to the new REAL ID driver’s license, beginning January 22, 2018. The new ID card was mandated as part of the REAL ID Act of 2005 and passed in response to 9/11 that created new security standards for states driver’s licenses and IDs. This is the biggest change to ID cards and driver’s licenses in years. However, we believe that the changing over to the new REAL ID is a smart move as it will standardize the ID requirements across all states that currently have various ID standards and make your identification more secure and safe.

Steve Miller, President/CEO of GetDismissed.com states "We are advising all Californians to make an appointment with your local DMV office and upgrade to the new REAL ID."

Here’s what you need to know about your new REAL ID:

What is the REAL ID and why do I need it – The REAL ID is a federal compliant driver’s license or ID card that complies with the federal minimum-security requirements. After October 1, 2020, you will be required to have the new REAL ID, or you will need to bring your passport to travel domestically. All states must comply with the new REAL ID requirements. Currently, you can continue to use your state-issued driver’s license or ID to fly in the U.S. until October 1, 2020, but we suggest you upgrade to the REAL ID within the next two years. Keep in mind that you do not need a new REAL ID to drive, vote, or if you do not plan on flying domestically. The new REAL ID will replace your current driver’s license, you will not need both.

When do I need to upgrade to the new REAL ID – Beginning January 22, 2018, all California DMV offices will begin accepting applications for the new REAL ID driver’s license and identification cards. As a result, all California drivers who want to apply for the new Real ID will be required to visit the DMV to do this. Remember, you have up and until October 1, 2020 to get your new ID card, however it pays to get it sooner rather than later especially if you plan on traveling.

How do I upgrade my driver’s license to the REAL ID – You cannot apply for a REAL ID by mail, you must apply in person at your local DMV office. When applying for your new ID card, please make an appointment at your local DMV and bring the following documents:

  • Proof of identity, such as a U.S. birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of California residency – this can be a rental or lease agreement, home utility bill, mortgage bill or another approved document
  • Proof of social security number such as your social security card or a paycheck that discloses your social security number
  • If you change your name, got married or divorced, you may need to prove additional documents.

About GetDismissed:

GetDismissed is a web-based legal document assistant that has helped thousands of California drivers quickly and inexpensively prepare the necessary paperwork to contest and dismiss their traffic tickets through the Trial by Written Declaration process. The recipient of a 2016/2017 “Best of Los Angeles Award,” GetDismissed is a web-based application and is also available for all iOS based phones in the App Store and for all Android-based phones in Google Play. The site and app work for most California traffic tickets, including speeding, red light, sign infractions, cell phone use, among others.

GetDismissed.com Contact:
Steven F. Miller at (800) 580-3769 or Steve(at)GetDismissed(dot)com for more information. 5716 Corsa Avenue, Suite 104 | Westlake Village, CA 91362. More information can be found at http://www.getdismissed.com.

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