✅ Updated July 2022

Here's the ultimate guide to getting your Real ID at the California DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need To Get your California Real ID

📌 An identity document which can be: 

  • Valid unexpired US passport or passport card
  • Certified copy of US birth certificate
  • US Certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Unexpired foreign passport w/ valid US visa and approved I-94 Form
  • Certified copy of birth certificate from a US Territory
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
  • Valid unexpired Permanent Resident Card
  • Unexpired employment authorization document (EAD) Card (I-766) or valid/expired EAD Card with Notice of Action (I-797 C)

📌 Proof of Social Security

  • Social Security card
  • W-2 form
  • SSA-1099 form
  • Non-SSA-1099 form
  • Paystub (with full SSN)

📌 Proof of your California residency

  • Rental or lease agreement
  • Deed or title to residential real property
  • Mortgage bill
  • Home utility bills (including phone bill)
  • School documents, medical documents, employment documents, insurance documents
  • IRS or California FTB tax return
  • Change of Address by USPS
  • Property tax bill or statement
  • Records from financial institute
  • Voter registration confirmation letter or postcard
  • A document issued by a US government agency
  • Others, see CA DMV for full list

📌 Proof of Name Change, if applicable

  • Adoption documents that contain legal name
  • Name change document that contains before and after names
  • Marriage certificate
  • Certificate or registration of domestic partnership
  • Dissolution of marriage/domestic partnership document as a result of court action


What You’ll Do to Get your California Real ID

Step 1: Make an appointment at a local DMV office

Step 2: Bring required documents and debit card or cash

Step 3: When applying or renewing your license, be sure to notify them that this is for your Real ID and not the regular driver license


How to Get your California Real ID, 2 Minute Video

Ryder from Skip did a quick how-to video to help answer your questions


More Questions?

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