DMV drops Social Security Number proof requirement to get REAL ID

The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday that residents applying for a REAL ID can now provide their Social Security Number without needing documented proof that they have one.

In response to security concerns following the 2001 9/11 terrorist attacks, the REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 and established a minimum set of standards for state driver’s licenses and ID cards.

The law also prevents federal agencies from accepting identification cards that don’t meet those standards, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Beginning in 2023the DHS will require a federally-approved document, like a valid passport or a REAL ID, to board flights within the U.S. and enter military bases or other secured federal buildings, according to the DMV’s release.

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