DMV teams up with LAX, TSA to help travelers apply for REAL ID ahead of Oct. 1 deadline

Time is ticking for California residents to upgrade to a REAL ID.

On Thursday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles teamed up with Los Angeles International Airport and TSA officials to break down when, why and how residents can get their REAL ID.

Beginning on October 1, 2020, all California residents will be required to use a REAL ID driver's license in order to travel by air domestically. Their old California driver's license will no longer be accepted when trying to board an aircraft. 

Other forms of identification, such as a passport or Global Entry ID remain acceptable methods of identification for travel.

How do you know if you have a REAL ID? They are all marked with a gold bear and star. 

In order to apply for a REAL ID, the DMV asks that you fill out an online application prior to heading into your area DMV office.

Next, gather your documents to bring with you to your DMV appointment or walk-in. You'll need one document that confirms your identity and contains your full name and date of birth. The most frequently used forms of identification are a U.S. passport or a certified copy of your birth certificate.

You'll also need to bring proof of your social security number in the form of a social security card, a W-2 form or a pay stub containing your full social security number.

Lastly, you'll need two documents to provide proof of residency in California. You'll be required to present two documents that contain your California mailing address. Both documents must show the applicant’s first and last name and the same mailing address that is listed on the REAL ID application. Utility bills, medical documents or bills, records mailed to you from your bank or insurance documents are a few examples of acceptable forms of proof of residency. Just make sure that the two documents are from different sources.

In total, applying and obtaining your REAL ID should cost about $37.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding California's REAL ID.