Why You Need a Real ID: Senator Ben Allen's Office Explanations

Why You Need a Real ID: Senator Ben Allen's Office Explanations

Public Statement
Date of Release or Mention: 
Monday, July 1, 2019


Federal law will require California residents to update their driver's license by October 1, 2020, in order to use your State ID to board domestic flights. This new identification, called REAL ID, is more secure than its predecessor. My team has compiled a few helpful tips for you here to help you understand the new law, who is eligible for a REAL ID, and how to get one.

What is the Real ID Act?

Starting October 1, 2020, you will be required to present a REAL ID driver license or other federally approved identification (such as a passport or Military ID) at TSA airport checkpoints nationwide. If you decide to get your Real ID, make sure to do so before the October 1st deadline.

Do You Need a REAL ID Driver License or Identification Card?

If you prefer to travel domestically without your passport you should apply for your REAL ID. You do not need your REAL ID if you use other federally approved documentation as your identification.

Individuals who don’t apply for a REAL ID will receive a driver license or identification card that contains the phrase "Federal Limits Apply".

How to Get a REAL id:

In order to get your REAL ID, it is recommended that you make an appointment at the DMV and bring the following with you:

My District Office located in Redondo Beach is always more than happy to help you through your REAL ID process. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at (310) 318-6994 or email Senator.Allen [at] senate.ca.gov.


Ben Allen
Senator, 26th District

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