Assemblyman Obernolte Responds to DMV’s Lack of Transparency in Using Flawed REAL ID Process

Sacramento: Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) has issued the following statement in response to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) waiting one month to notify Californians that the federal government has rejected the state’s REAL ID residency verification process and has still continued to issue cards that are not compliant:

“To date, 2.3 million Californians have already obtained REAL IDs. In November, Homeland Security notified DMV that our REAL ID cards are not compliant with federal law, which clearly states that we are required to have two forms of residency verification. Currently, California has only required one document. DMV sat on this information for a month while continuing to issue hundreds of thousands of REAL ID cards that they knew were not compliant. This is outrageous.

“The Department has continued to fail Californians, providing extremely poor service and completely mishandling this issue. Let’s hope we can work with the federal government to minimize the negative impact on all of those Californians who have already spent countless hours in line to obtain their REAL ID.”

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.

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2 Responses to Assemblyman Obernolte Responds to DMV’s Lack of Transparency in Using Flawed REAL ID Process

  1. JoAnne Romero says:

    I spent $150 on documents and $60 on gas, driving to various county clerk offices. I had to make three trips to the DMV and use 16 hours of my time before I had the documents they wanted. Between the 2nd and 3rd trips to the DMV, the rules on marriage certificates changed, causing another trip to a county office and the 3rd trip to the DMV. I even showed my three California teaching credentials and college transcripts, which they didn’t want. I can provide a library card, my junior high report cards, and my Costco card if they want…what else do they need, and why aren’t all state requirements the same? I certainly hope I don’t have to stand in the DMV line again!

  2. Lisa says:

    Just get a passport. That will get you on a plane. DMV is ridiculous.

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