Newly designed California driver licenses and ID cards will also be available January 22.
"If you know you will not be boarding a domestic flight or visiting a secure federal facility or military base, you donot need a REAL ID driver license or ID card", the site says. "This is a federal requirement".
The newly minted documentation is part of the REAL ID Act-the implementation of a 2005 appropriation from Congress to fight "The Global War on Terror" under President George W. Bush.More news: Arab Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen launches Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen
REAL ID was initially created to keep US citizens from holding multiple licenses, social security numbers and to allow government officials to check immigration standing. The Department of Motor Vehicles began taking in-person applications for REAL IDs on Monday.
How do I apply for a Real ID?
A federally-accepted form of identification must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on and after October 1, 2020. You're encouraged to make an appointment at a local DMV office and also bring proof of identity such as a USA birth certificate or permanent resident card.More news: North Korea 'Sending 22 Athletes' to 2018 Winter Olympics
The new ID will not be needed to drive, apply for or receive federal benefits, enter a federal facility that doesn't require ID (like a post office), or visit a hospital or receive life-saving services.
The federal Real ID Act of 2005 was passed in response to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, with backers saying it would increase security by providing standard tamper- and counterfeit-resistant cards for air travel. The new REAL ID will replace your current driver's license, you will not need both.
Customers who have married, divorced or otherwise changed their names also may need to provide a name-change document. With ultraviolet light, the Golden Gate Bridge and Coit Tower will appear.More news: Former Smiths Members Reunite for Orchestral Concerts
"The objective of the REAL ID is to travel with it in the 48 contiguous states via plane", said state Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township.