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What kinds of IDs are used in California?

18 June 2011

In California, the most authoritative ID card (identification card)is the California drivers license. You can obtain this at the nearest DMV. If you do not plan to take the driving test immediately, I strongly encourage you to still apply for the identification card since it’s just as authoritative as the drivers license. It usually takes a month up to six months to get either IDs, so make sure you apply as soon as possible. ID verification procedures are widely practice here, for instance going to night clubs, buying beer, cigarettes, renting video tapes, and verifying personal checks at stores. In most cases, your passport works fine. When you wish to purchase something using your personal check(refer to checking account), you must present some form of identification. Some small businesses refuse to accept passports as IDs, so be careful. Even at big electronic stores such as Circuit City or the Good Guys, they often have to take your passport to the manager, making you wait quite a while. Cal student ID does NOT count as an ID for purchasing with a personal check. You will not be able to even borrow a video without a proper ID and a credit card. In most cases you will NOT need identification for using your credit card. Exception being low-budget stores like Target. Your signature is often enough.

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