Let's face it, California sucks and isn't getting any better. It's filled with people who get the most welfare of any other state and they have for generations. If you're a criminal, come to California and we'll take care of you ... give you money, a place to live and free food. If you're not a citizen it doesn't matter. You'll get free medical care, free schooling for your kids and now we'll give you a drivers license.
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind helping people who really want to work. My grandparents immigrated here and didn't get a dime. They worked hard and went through the process to become citizens. It's pretty frustrating to keep doling out all my taxes for people who just demand everything for free.
So here's the deal as far as I understand it. By the way, I took this image from the California DMV website so I could show you exactly what you need to watch out for, whether you are a California resident or not. Why? Because this is not just California. Many other states have already begun this process, including Arizona.
The top picture is of a REAL card. A Real card is issued to a proven California resident and US citizen. DO NOT renew your drivers license through the mail unless you don't care, or will never fly in an airplane. You will get the FAKE ID card automatically. You only get the REAL card if you ask and apply for it IN PERSON.
Go directly to the DMV office (after making an appointment, of course) and take your passport (the best idea) or any of the following: your birth certificate, an employment authorization document or a permanent resident card. Notice your current driver's license will not work.
If you have a different name than on your birth certificate because you got married or divorced, you have to take every court document you have that certifies (in other words a certified copy) your name change. Married and divorced two or three times? You're going to need a wheelbarrow!!
Also take with you a copy of your mortgage, your utility bill or something with your physical address and current name on it. Anything addressed to a Post Office Box will not work.
Present proof of your social security number ... either your actual card or a W-2 or pay stub with your complete number on it. Again, anything with a different name than your birth certificate, has to have a certified copy of the name change.
Confused yet? It's ridiculous that we now have to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt who WE are, while we let non-citizens flood the country with NO identification.
REAL drivers license ... golden bear. FAKE license ... Federal Limits Apply in the top right corner.
Although they won't tell you, you also CANNOT buy any weapons (I'm not sure about ammunition, although California is taking care of that by requiring a new "license" in order to purchase ammunition). If you have a concealed carry permit or if you think you will ever want to purchase a weapon, you CANNOT do so with the FAKE card. Most people won't care about that part, but if you need to fly home at some point, you will not be allowed on the airplane without a passport or this card.
Sound crazy? Yup I agree. Lots of hoops for us citizens to jump through while the immigrants have to prove nothing. They just walk in and get a drivers license.
So there it is folks. I think it became effective in 2018 for those whose driver's licenses expired around that time. Many people have received the FAKE card without knowing and now have to gather up all their information and go down to their local office for a new card.
Think this is just crazy California? Nope ... it's effective in 2020 for many other States as well, Arizona being one of them. Check with your local DMV office on-line. Information should be available there.
If you do not currently have a passport, it might be a good idea to get one, even if you never travel. It's the one thing that will get you in anywhere.