Q: I wanted to share my great experiences from the last DMV Pleasanton. I had to renew my driving license and get a REAL ID. I submitted all my paperwork online in advance and made an appointment at DMV at the Stoneridge Shopping Center. Arrived about 15 minutes early for the 1:30 PM meeting. I checked in with the employee at the door who gave me the number.
I had barely sat down in the waiting room when my number rang. Another employee checked my information. She was efficient and friendly. Five minutes later, I was in the line to get my picture taken. The line moved quickly and I was out the door at 1:29 pm, one minute before the meeting was due.
A: People are now getting REAL IDs at a faster pace as we approach the federal date of May 2, 2023. The increase last month was 270,586 REAL IDs from the previous month. More than 14 million Californians now have a REAL ID, according to DMV.
From next May, the US Department of Homeland Security will require a valid passport or other federally approved document, such as a driver’s license or REAL ID, to board an aircraft within the United States.
To apply for a REAL ID, Californians should visit REALID.dmv.ca.gov, complete the online application and submit your documents. Clients must go to the DMV office and bring the submitted documents to complete the application.
Customers must provide:
- Proof of identity * – One original or certified document (example: valid passport, birth certificate). * Name change document (s) if the name on the ID card differs from the name on other documents (for example: marriage certificate, adoption documents)
- Proofs of California Residence – Two Documents, Paper Copies (Example: Utility Bill, Bank Statement)
- Social Security Number (exceptions may apply)
Visit REALID.dmv.ca.gov for a complete list of accepted documents and a link to the online application.
Q: Gary, I am writing to share a great Los Gatos DMV experience that I had last week.
I made an appointment at 9:30 am to register my DMV car a few weeks in advance. I showed up at the DMV 5 or 10 minutes before my visit time. I was able to quickly register my presence and have my number summoned to the counter. My number was called at 9:28, 2 minutes before the meeting time! Wow!
I left the DMV at 9:40 am
State of Murawski
A: This is another good tip. Make an appointment for any personal DMV transactions. Your chances of getting in and out faster are much better.
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