Sacramento — The DMV continues to offer REAL IDs to Californians as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security extends the enforcement date from Friday, October 1, to May 3, 2023.

As the COVID-19 emergency continues, office space and appointments are limited to accommodate physical distancing guidelines. The DMV encourages customers to plan ahead and be patient.

“We continue to aggressively pursue service improvements so anyone who is eligible and wants a REAL ID today can get it. There is no need to wait for long lines or deadlines,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon. “If you need to renew your driver’s license, you can upgrade to a REAL ID.”

More than 10 million Californians have a REAL ID.

The DMV is taking many steps to improve its services and make getting a REAL ID easier. By filling out the REAL ID application at and uploading their documents, Californians can bring their confirmation code and documents with them to a DMV office at their convenience, even the same day, for express service — no appointment necessary. Once at a service window, it now takes less than 10 minutes to complete the REAL ID transaction.

Beginning May 3, 2023, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require a valid passport or other federally approved document, like a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card, to board flights within the United States and access secure federal facilities and military bases.


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