Okay, so to get started, you and I need to go here. https://goo.gl/rgH1CY (shortend link to DMV REAL ID). The DMV lets us know what to do (bring) in order for them to approve and create a REAL ID. There's more to this than you may think too.
Let's say you are not traveling, but need to visit a federal facility. You will need a REAL ID to gain entry. Unlike California, some states are already REAL ID compliant, they beat California to it by a long shot. They have compliant ID cards to wave around in our face. To see who made the cut already for the REAL ID, go here. https://www.dhs.gov/real-id#1.
Many articles pay much more attention to detail on this issue than mine. Keep in mind, I am a Tri-Valley and Tri-City Real Estate Broker http://www.tricityhome.com and not the greatest writer, but to get to the gist of it--at least visit the DMV link and get started because you can save a fee if you need to renew your license (ID) anyway. Here's one more reason to get it done. Let's say you buy a home, then need to sign the buyer package at the escrow office, the escrow officer/Notary may accept your CA ID, but what if the lender, of all people, adopts the new REAL ID standard and kicks your documents back. That will age you a bit. Wouldn't you agree? When it comes to real estate, I always keep your money top-of-mind as well. I am a frugal man. Just apply for the REAL ID and save a buck.
by Jeff Pereyda
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