Q: I double-checked the DMV website, which indicates that I would not be required to get a Real ID if my driver’s license will be current after Oct. 1 and I have a valid U.S. passport, which I can use when flying domestically. It does state that getting the Real ID “is recommended.”
Explain why, please.
— K. Speer, Fremont
A: Will do. But first, my reply about when to get a Real ID rankled many whose driver’s license doesn’t expire until after Oct. 1.
Q: Oddly, you told one reader she should make an appointment now before the Oct. 1 deadline. I cannot figure out why she wouldn’t wait until after the deadline since her license doesn’t expire until March 2021 and she has a passport. Why would she want to make two trips to the DMV just to get the Real ID that she doesn’t need yet?
Presumably, the huge lines will be gone after Oct. 1. Just go in February.
What am I missing? I’d be unhappy if I followed your advice.
— Diane Brauch, Eve Carlson, Karen Jang, Sandra Holloway, Edward Surany, Linda Campbell, Bill Law, Ed Lock and plenty more.
A. Californians can wait until their driver license renewal date to apply for a Real ID.
If it falls after the federal enforcement date of Oct. 1, you can use another form of acceptable ID until your renewal, such as a passport or military ID. If you do not have another document that will satisfy the federal ID requirement, the DMV urges you to come to the office now and apply for a Real ID.
A Real ID license or identification card is optional. The DMV does recommend people get one as a convenience.
Q. The registration renewal for my car is due Sunday. On Dec. 30, I mailed my check to the DMV. I did not get the renewal sticker until Friday of last week.
I just throught your readers would like to know how long it takes. I loved using that kiosk at the grocery store last year but didn’t want to pay the credit card surcharge. The stickers for 2021 are red, by the way.
— Stephanie Zervas, Milpitas
A. Actually, a three-week wait is typical and doesn’t seem too long to me.