MRY Partners with California REAL ID Program to Prepare Passengers
DMV to provide information about federal ID requirements taking effect October 2020

Press Release Michael La Pier, AAEExecutive Director

MONTEREY, CA. (June 14, 2019) – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is joining forces with Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) to share information with airport travelers about new REAL ID driver licenses and identification card requirements that take effect next year. For the first time, DMV representatives will staff an information-only booth, just outside of the TSA checkpoint on Monday, June 17th, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The goal of this partnership is to allow customers more time to ask questions and speak to DMV staff as they wait for their flights. 

 “We’re pleased to partner with DMV in creating awareness of REAL ID and how important it is for the traveling public to convert their driver license or identification card sooner rather than later,” said Michael La Pier, Executive Director of the Monterey Regional Airport. “We do not want passengers to find themselves grounded when new federal ID requirements take effect October 1, 2020.”

The Department of Homeland Security will require passengers to show a valid passport or other federally approved document, like a REAL ID driver license or identification card, to board flights within the United States, beginning October 1st, 2020.

The DMV staff working at the airport will be prepared to answer customer questions and provide valuable time saving information for customers wishing to visit a DMV field office to obtain a REAL ID. No applications for REAL ID driver licenses or identification cards will be accepted at the DMV information booth.

To apply, individuals must visit a DMV office and bring the following documents:

            One Proof of Identity – Original or Certified

            One Proof of Social Security Number

            Two Proofs of California Residency – Paper Copies

(ex: Utility Bill, cell phone bill, bank statement, vehicle registration card)

For a complete list of acceptable documents, visit

View the REAL ID Application Guide video:

Timesaving Tips:

Customers are encouraged to fill out the online driver license application before their office visit:

Currently, the only DMV field office offering Saturday service, is the Salinas field office.

About Monterey Regional Airport Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) is Monterey County’s only commercial airport and accommodates over 450,000 passengers each year. The airport serves eight nonstop markets. We are committed to providing our customers with superior services and a convenient, hassle-free experience in a safe, secure, professional environment. Be sure to visit or follow @montereyairport on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.