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Still Need To Get Your Real ID? With The Clock Ticking And DMV Appointments Filling Up, Now Is The Time

File: People wait in line outside of the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2009.
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People wait in line outside of the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Los Angeles, California.

October 1, 2020 may seem like a long time from now, but the California Department of Motor Vehicles has some work left to do in order to get the state’s 27 million drivers approved for the new federally-required identification card.

October 1, 2020 may seem like a long time from now, but the California Department of Motor Vehicles has some work left to do in order to get the state’s 27 million drivers approved for the new federally-required identification card.

Last week the DMV reported a decrease from December to January in the number of Real IDs it approved -- just 381,570 compared to 485,000 in December. According to the L.A. Times, the DMV would have to issue almost triple that -- about 1.1 million each month -- in order to get everyone who is expected to apply for a Real ID approved before the October deadline. 

Today on AirTalk, we’ll check in on where the DMV stands with approving Real ID applications and how they plan to navigate the next eight months until the deadline.

Guest:

Michael Cabanatuan, reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who has been covering the story; he tweets

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