(KGTV) — California officials announced Thursday the state's REAL ID identification is now in line with federal requirements.
Last December, the Department of Homeland Security notified state officials that requirements for the new identification and drivers license needed to be stricter.
Now, those applying for the card will need to show one proof of identity, original or certified; one proof of Social Security Number; and two proofs of California residency. A complete list of acceptable documents is available online here.
Those who have already received a REAL ID license or card will receive a letter in the mail asking them to confirm their address and must mail the form back to the DMV. This will count for their second form of identification.
Previously, the state only required one proof of residency and counted the post office's delivery of the ID as the second form, placing it at odds with federal requirements.
Beginning on Oct. 1, 2020, the REAL ID drivers license or ID will be needed for airline passengers traveling domestically or accessing federal facilities or military bases. However, airline passengers will still be able to show a passport to travel within the U.S. as well.
Residents are encouraged to schedule appointments to apply for a REAL ID and fill out the necessary paperwork (available online) before visiting DMV offices.
So far, the state estimates about 4.1 million REAL ID drivers licenses and cards have been issued.