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On The Road

Simple steps to obtaining a state-issued ID card

Q: How do I obtain a DMV-issued Identification Card?

A: It’s simple. To obtain a state-issued ID card, visit your local DMV field office. Fill out application form DL 44, give your thumbprint, get your picture taken and verify your personal information.

Q: I recently changed my address through the DMV website. I have yet to receive a new ID. If I get pulled over, will I get cited for having an incorrect address on my license?

A: Great job using the DMV online services. Although you changed your address in our system, you will not be issued a new driver license. Type or write your new address on a small piece of paper with your signature and date. Keep it with your driver license to avoid being cited if you’re pulled over. However, if you are following the laws of the road, you shouldn’t worry about getting pulled over in the first place.

Q: I need to renew my vehicle registration in a few weeks. Is it possible to do it online, and can I pay for it with a credit card?

A: Yes. You can save yourself a trip to a DMV office or the price of a postage stamp by renewing online, but only if the renewal notice you received from the DMV has a Renewal Identifying Number. To renew your vehicle registration online, visit DMV.ca.gov/online/vrir/vr_top2.htm. And yes, you may use a credit card to renew it online.

For more information, visit DMV.ca.gov.

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