California DMV Warns of ‘Summer Surge’ as People Seek REAL IDs

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is telling lawmakers to prepare for a “summer surge” as people begin to realize they’ll need a REAL ID by the October 2020 deadline.

The DMV said this could be a major problem as just over 10 percent of drivers in the state received their REAL ID driver’s license or identification card as of January 2018.

Besides the long lines and long waits, there’s also fear that the DMV may not be able to meet demand for the IDs as it currently issues between 300,000 to 400,000 cards a month and expect the number to jump in the near future to as many as 500,000 to 600,000.