SAN DIEGO — The Department of Motor Vehicles says 3.4 million Californians have obtained Real ID licenses, but the Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom responding to the state’s plan on how it was complying with Real ID requirements.

What is the issue with Real ID in California?

Jaime Garza, a DMV spokesperson, said: “Originally, the Department of Homeland security allowed one proof for California residency from applicants, and then the second residency was satisfied if the U.S. Postal Service did not return the Real ID card that was mailed to them.”

The Department of Homeland Security, however, has told the DMV that Californians will need to provide two forms of residency.

In other words, using the U.S. Postal Service as a second proof of residency did not and does not satisfy the DHS requirements.

What if you are one of the 3.4 million Californians already with a Real ID?

The new changes only impacts those who applied for a Real ID during or before January 2019.

The DMV will inform Real ID holders by June via a letter.

“They can expect to receive a letter from the DMV explaining how to submit that second form of residency during their normal time of renewal,” said Garza.

Real ID holders will not have to visit a field office (unless they really want to go to the DMV), but they can submit their second proof of residency via mail or online.

“I want to make it this clear: If you possess a California issued Real ID driver’s license or ID card with the bear and star, it is valid until the expiration date that is on that card,” said Garza.

If you still have to apply for a Real ID, these are the four documents that are required:

1) Proof of identity such as a valid passport OR birth certificate.

2) Proof of social security number, OR W2 

3) Two proofs of residency. For example, it can be a lease, mortgage bill, utility bill or vehicle registration.

To fly domestically, enter federal facilities or go on a military base, a Real ID will be required by October 2020. 

A passport can be used in lieu of a Real ID. DMV Real ID to see the DMV’s California Real ID interactive checklist.