Driver’s License in California will have a new look starting 22 of January, 2018 due to security reasons. So don’t forget your
DMV License Renewal. This new REAL ID measure came because of Airport Security Reasons. Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver license or identification (ID) card to be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board an airplane or enter military bases and most federal facilities.
Features of the new license include:
- A golden bear with a white star in the upper right– all REAL ID licenses must have this white star to show they are compliant.
- A pale, color image of a forty-niner miner with fruit orchards and mountains on the right side.
- Golden poppies (California state flower) in the lower left under the photo and sailboats to the right of that.
- A large image of the state of California running through the middle background.
- A new font for California header at top.
- Not visible in the image above, but under ultraviolet “UV” light will be images of the Golden Gate Bridge and Coit tower.
- Below is an image of the current, but soon to be dated California Driver license.
DMV License Renewal
According to a DMV spokesperson, when renewing your current license or applying for a new REAL ID compliant one in coming years, you will need to:
- Make an appointment to visit a DMV field office on or after January 22, 2018.
- Provide proof of identity, such as a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, employment authorization document, permanent resident card or foreign passport with an approved form I-94.
- Show a California residency document.
- Present proof of your Social Security number.
- A name change document, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree, may be needed.
California DMV License Renewal is an important change but there is no need to rush into a DMV field office. A valid California driver license or ID card can be used to board a commercial flight or enter secure federal facilities until October 1, 2020.
Here is DMV’s Official Statement:
Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver license or identification (ID) card to be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board an airplane or enter military bases and most federal facilities.
The California DMV will provide a federal compliant REAL ID driver license or ID card as an option to customers beginning January 22, 2018.
If you have a U.S. Passport, passport card, military ID, or another form of Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) approved identification, these documents will still be accepted to board an airplane. Federally compliant identification will also be required to access military bases and most federal facilities.
The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 was passed in response to the events of 9/11. For more on the REAL ID Act, visit the Department of Homeland Security website.