February 17, 2020

Officials urge Californians to obtain REAL IDs well before the October deadline


Hoping to avoid another crunch at the Department of Motor Vehicles later this year, transportation officials gathered at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, Feb. 13, to remind Californians to get their Real IDs now if they want them.

Beginning Oct. 1, those hoping to use their driver license to board domestic flights will need them to double as Real IDs, which requires at extra step, or have another federally approved ID.

Real IDs have been offered in California since January 2018, and so far seven million have gotten them. Officials anticipate an additional 9 million will attempt to get theirs before Oct. 1.

“We’re hoping to get people in in an early fashion, that’s our design,” said Steve Gordon, director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. “That’s the only way we’re going to be able to serve this size of the community. If we get people to act now, we’ll be in better shape.”

What the DMV doesn’t want is shades of early 2018, when those getting Real IDs, added to the usual crush of drivers needing other services, created waits for some that stretched into four or five hours or more.

The DMV took measures to greatly reduce the public’s time spent at its offices, including hiring hundreds of employees and expanding office hours – and spreading out those who seek their Real IDs this year would greatly help.

Officials with the California State Transportation Agency, DMV, LAX and TSA gave a press conference Thursday February 13, 2020 with information on obtaining a Real ID and the importance of doing so earlier rather than later. Real IDs will be required for domestic flights starting Oct. 1.(Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

Officials with the California State Transportation Agency, DMV, LAX and TSA gave a press conference Thursday February 13, 2020 with information on obtaining a Real ID and the importance of doing so earlier rather than later. Real IDs will be required for domestic flights starting Oct. 1. Justin Erbacci, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports addresses the media.(Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

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Officials with the California State Transportation Agency, DMV, LAX and TSA gave a press conference Thursday February 13, 2020 with information on obtaining a Real ID and the importance of doing so earlier rather than later. Real IDs will be required for domestic flights starting Oct. 1. David Kim,Secretary for the California State Transportation Agency addresses the media. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

Officials with the California State Transportation Agency, DMV, LAX and TSA gave a press conference Thursday February 13, 2020 with information on obtaining a Real ID and the importance of doing so earlier rather than later. Real IDs will be required for domestic flights starting Oct. 1.(Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

Officials with the California State Transportation Agency, DMV, LAX and TSA gave a press conference Thursday February 13, 2020 with information on obtaining a Real ID and the importance of doing so earlier rather than later. Real IDs will …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

      

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