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Be Prepared for NEW REAL ID Requirements

Do I need a REAL ID? Is it only used at the airport? How do I even get a REAL ID?

We had all these same questions and did some research to help you navigate California’s new REAL ID requirements starting October 1, 2020. Check out frequently asked questions about the REAL ID to determine if you need to make time to get one.


What is a REAL ID?

A REAL ID is a driver license or identification card that is also a federally accepted form of identification.

Starting October 1, 2020, you’ll need a REAL ID to board domestic flights within the US and enter secure facilities in California. USC Credit Union will also accept a REAL ID to open and access your accounts.


Do I need to have a REAL ID?

The short answer is no, but the long answer is it’s recommended. A REAL ID is only needed if you plan to continue flying without a passport, passport card, military ID, enhanced driver’s license or other federally accepted identification.

They are also needed if you plan to enter secure federal facilities like military bases and federal courthouses.


How do I get a REAL ID?

To receive your first REAL ID, you must visit a DMV office in person. You can complete some steps before you visit like filling out the online application and scheduling an appointment.


What documents do I need to get a REAL ID?

1. Identity Documents – unexpired passport, valid permanent resident card, birth certificate and legal documents supporting name change, if applicable

2. Proof of Social Security Number – social security card, W-2 form, paystub

3. Proof of California Residency – medical records, insurance document, employment documents, school documents, or car registration


For a full list of accepted documents, visit the DMV website.


To learn more about the REAL ID and California’s regulations, check out this quick video.

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