Of course, all readers of this column should opt for a REAL ID compliant license (or ID card) if they plan on using it to get through airport security. This will involve a trip to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and there’s more on that below.

Below is an image of the current, but soon to be dated California license.

Starting January 22, all driver’s licenses in California will sport a new look.

>A name change document, such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree, may be needed.

According to a DMV spokesperson, when renewing your current license or applying for a new REAL ID compliant one in coming years, you will need to:

IMPORTANT: Your current California driver’s license can be used at airport security through October 1, 2020. After that, it will have to be REAL ID compliant.

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