Friday, March 2, 2018

Get Real... ID That Is

Planning to travel on a plane? Traveling within the US even? Then, you better get on board with a REAL ID or else, enjoy your staycation at home. Starting October 1, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security is enforcing this not so new rule that will be in effect. It was born out of the 9/11 attacks, but the logistics has taken some time. If you have not heard of this, you are not alone. Many US citizens are going to feel left in a lurch or worse, stranded because they had no idea.

Okay, so to get started, you and I need to go here. (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.

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 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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