Your Next Visit to the DMV

So, yesterday, in the pouring rain, I had to go to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) to get an eye exam, in order, to renew my driver’s license.  I read the first three lines of the eye chart which took all of 2 minutes.  However, prior to the eye exam, DMV needed my birth certificate, social security card and a piece of mail with my address on it for a new program called REAL ID because in 2020, you will no longer be able fly using your old driver license as identification.

I mentioned this to my middle brother and I did not know how much of an impact that all these ICE round-up had on him because both of my brothers were born on military bases in England – both boys are foreign born.  Obviously, my brothers are naturalized citizens as both my parents were born in the U.S.

My brother was like “Do you think they have ICE agents at the DMV?”  Yikes!!!

I had two former coworkers that was born in Panama at Howard A.F.B.  I am also sure that they are both feeling a bit uneasy about this ICE business.

Anyways, if you plan to fly onboard an air plane, next year, you will need to make an appointment with DMV to get the REAL ID.  SFGATE does a wonderful job of explaining Do I need the Real ID?


  • Anna February 15, 2019, 12:36

    I’d always thought that US military bases were legally considered US soil. Otherwise it certainly seems like a huge and undeserved legal inconvenience to the many military families who are sent overseas and have babies born there.

    • Ms. B. February 15, 2019, 15:22

      Overseas, the US military are considered guests of the country the US leases the land and that’s why the kids that are born overseas on military bases must be registered with the State Department. Both of my brothers have dual citizenship because when you are born in England, you were automatically considered an English citizen…just as babies born here are automatically considered American citizens. My dad was proud to serve in the military and go to so many places with his family, the paper work is small in comparison to what we got out of living in different countries.