REAL ID: DMV begins to accept applications

GRANADA HILLS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Starting in 2020, your old driver's license won't be enough to board U.S. flights - you'll need a REAL ID.

The Department of Motor Vehicles began taking in-person applications for REAL IDs on Monday.

REAL IDs are driver's licenses or identification cards with enhanced security features. These cards will be required to board a domestic flight or enter federal facilities beginning October 2020.

Until then, your regular California driver's license will be sufficient.

After that date, however, only a REAL ID or other federally approved documents will be accepted, including a U.S. Passport, passport card or military ID.

To apply for a REAL ID, you must go to the DMV in person. You're encouraged to make an appointment at a local DMV office and also bring proof of identity such as a U.S. birth certificate or permanent resident card. You'll also need proof of your social security number and proof of California residency - like a rental agreement or bill. Official say it takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get the card.

The REAL ID Act of 2005 was passed as a part of a post 9/11 federal requirement to address security flaws.

While some are not happy about the extra trip to the DMV, Jordan Haleakalan said he feels the heightened security is worth it.

"It's a layer that let's them know who's flying and who they're letting on board -- going to different states and across countries -- and it makes me feel safer for sure," Haleakalan said.

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