Extension for the Real California ID

REAL California ID

Extension for the Real California ID


Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic that wreaked havoc on our nation, California has extended the deadline to obtain your REAL California ID. The new extended deadline is set for May 3rd, 2023. While the deadline may have been extended substantially, DMV authorities are urging individuals to not wait to get theirs. The extensions came about with the longer than usual wait times at DMVs throughout California. These extended wait times are a direct result of the ongoing, nationwide, Covid-19 pandemic. While the madness has begun to die down, we know that the DMV is still a very undesirable place for many individuals. Here is everything you need to know to avoid the chaos of the DMV and obtain your Real California ID before the deadline.


What is a REAL California ID?

The federal REAL ID Act places new rules on which forms of identification may be used to board flights within the United States. These rules and limitations also apply to one’s ability to enter certain secure federal facilities. A REAL California ID is in alignment with these new requirements and includes a star and gold bear to display so.


NOTE – Individuals who are applying for or renewing an AB 60 driver license are not eligible to receive a REAL California ID.


Necessary Documents

  • Proof of Identity – such as a passport or birth certificate
  • Documentation of your Social Security Number – such as a W-2 or a social security card
  • Proof of California Residency x2 – such as a utility bill, insurance bill, or a bank statement



  • Upload your documents ahead of time (if given the option). This expedites the process and avoids you having to wait and watch as they do it there.
  • Fill out your Real ID application online. This will then give you a confirmation code. You will want to make sure you upload your documents ahead of time. This ensures that you will be considered to have an appointment at the DMV, allowing you to skip a big portion of the line.
  • Check the current wait times. This can be done on the California DMV website. It is a feature that allows you to gage how long the wait currently is at your local DMV.
  • Use the “Get in Line Now” feature. This feature allows you to sign up with a phone number and receive a text when you are 6th or 7th in line.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do minors need a REAL ID?
    • Restrictions will not include minors when it comes to domestic flights. However, they must be in the company of an adult that is REAL ID compliant.


  • Can I get a REAL ID by renewing my current driver’s license by mail or online?
    • You cannot. Due to the REAL ID being a federal form of identification, you must visit a DMV office, in-person, when applying for your REAL ID initially.


  • Why do I have to present proof of identity again in order to obtain a REAL ID?
    • The REAL ID is a new form of identification that has its own new documentation requirements. Regardless of your previously submitted proof of identity, when applying for a REAL ID, you must submit proof of identity again in order to meet the federal REAL ID application requirements.


  • What will I need a REAL ID to do?
    • You will eventually need to be REAL ID compliant in order to:
      • Board domestic flights
      • Enter certain federal facilities
      • Enter/visit military bases


What Will the REAL ID Display?

In California, the REAL ID issued, will display a grizzly bear and star, located in the upper right-hand corner. This is replacing the “federal limits apply” that used to be located in the same position on identification cards that are federally non-compliant.

However, either card will still permit you to apply for federal benefits as well as enter some federal facilities such as post offices and hospitals.



Rick Mueller, a California DUI Lawyers Association Specialist, located in the San Diego area, recommends obtaining a REAL ID as soon as possible, especially in the event of a DUI charge. However, in the unfortunate event of a DUI charge, Rick Mueller has a proven track record that is sure to get you the best possible outcome for your specific situation.


Extension for the Real California ID


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