Getting a REAL ID is the Sweetest Halloween Treat

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Sacramento, CA 95818
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October 6, 2022

Federal enforcement begins in seven months

Sacramento – If you don’t have your REAL ID yet, there is no need to be frightened. Add it to your bag of treats this month and be prepared for federal enforcement beginning May 3, 2023. Applying for one takes less time than putting on your scariest costume.

In just seven months, you will need a REAL ID or another federally approved form of identification to fly within the United States and enter secure federal facilities. If you get yours now, it will be one less thing to think about when celebrating the spooky season or sipping a seasonal cider.

“Before taking the kids out for some ghoulish fun, make a trick-or-treat stop at our place. Swing by a DMV office to complete your REAL ID application,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon. “It’s not a scary task at all. Simply go online and fill out your REAL ID application ahead of time, upload your documents, and your office visit will take about 10 minutes. No tricks. Just treats.”

Get started at You will need to provide one proof of identity, two separate proofs of California residency, and your Social Security number. You are encouraged to use the REAL ID checklist to find out the types of documents you can submit. Once completed, bring your original uploaded documents and a copy of the confirmation page to your office appointment, where you will have your documents verified and take a photo for your new REAL ID.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not require individuals under the age of 18 to provide identification when traveling within the U.S. However, the companion will need to show a federally approved form of identification, such as a REAL ID.

Try Online First

Most DMV tasks do not require an office visit. The DMV encourages customers to use its online services and other service channels to complete transactions, including vehicle registration renewals. Customers can also use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV business.


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