Oh joy, I can’t wait to spend a day at the DMV with 20 million other people who don’t want to be there. Actually, I don’t hate the DMV as much as most people—you gotta do it so why be bitter about it?
California has until 2020 to reissue licenses and IDs that are compliant with U.S. Real ID Act, so says the Sacramento Bee. This has actually been put off and extended since 2005. You can still use a passport if you don’t have the updated ID in time.
Also, you won’t be able to get your license online, you actually have to go into the DMV to get your new compliant ID. Using other states as a benchmark, they expect around 60 percent of people to jump on this, which is about 20 million people.
Additionally, you will need to bring in more paperwork than before, including a birth certificate or other proof of birth and legal presence, two documents of residency, and proof of a Social Security number.
January 2, 2018 is the go-live date for the new IDs, so I guess I might see you in the DMV then!
The good news from this, is that the department will be hiring 218 new workers in the upcoming budget year and over 700 positions will be filled after that.