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Less Waiting at the DMV?

More Weekend Hours Being Added

KCBS Radio Morning News
August 03, 2018 - 7:03 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- Californians applying for driver licenses that comply with the new federal REAL ID standard  have turned into a real headache for those waiting in DMV lines across the Bay Area.  But now, as the Department of Motor Vehicles is planning to add Saturday hours to more locations.

The agency has added Daly City, El Cerrito, Vallejo and San Jose's Santa Teresa location  to the list of 11 Bay Area locations that had already offered Saturday hours.

Spokesman Artimeo Armensa said  DMV offices have seen more and more people every weekend since launching the Saturday hour program in June. His advice? "If you're applying for a REAL ID, make sure that you take a look at the necessary documents first," said Armensa. "You want to make sure you're prepared and don't have a surprise once you're there."

Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver license or identification card to be REAL ID compliant if you want to use it as ID to board a domestic flight or enter military bases and most federal facilities. 

According to the DMV, applicants for REAL ID licenses must take the following steps:

  1. Make an appointment (recommended) to visit a DMV field office.
  2. Provide proof of identity, such as a certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, employment authorization document, permanent resident card or foreign passport with an approved form I-94.     
  3. Present proof of your Social Security number, such as an SSN card, W-2 or paystub with full SSN.
  4. Show a California residency document, such as a rental or lease agreement, mortgage bill, utility bill or employment, medical or school document.
  5. An original or certified copy of a name change document, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree, may be required.