Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder, Concord DMV Teaming Up To Help Residents Get REAL ID

January 18, 2020 19:00 pm · 43 comments

Contra Costa County and the Department of Motor Vehicles are teaming up to make it easier for county residents to meet the deadline for obtaining their REAL ID’s.

Residents will be able to purchase certified copies of vital records for events that occurred in Contra Costa County, including birth and marriage certificates. The event will be held at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Concord from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday February 1 and 15.

The DMV is located at 2070 Diamond Blvd in Concord.

No appointment is necessary.

“We’re looking forward to being able to provide this new type of customer service, where we bring our services closer to home at a time that fits better with constituents’ busy lives,” Contra Costa Assistant Clerk-Recorder Barbara Dunmore said.

“The California DMV wants to make the REAL ID process as easy as possible, and this partnership with Contra Costa County is a great example,” DMV Director Steve Gordon said. “If you want to apply for your REAL ID but can’t find your birth or marriage certificate, this is the perfect opportunity.”

Residents should note that they will have to pay for documents at the Clerk-Recorder’s off-site locations by cash or check. Certified copies of birth certificates are $32 and certified copies of marriage certificates are $19.

Starting October 1, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require a valid passport or other federally approved document, like a REAL ID driver license or identification card, to board flights within the United States and access secure federal facilities and military bases.

To apply for a REAL ID, Californians must visit a DMV office and bring the following documents:

    • One proof of identity* – original or certified (examples: valid passport, birth certificate)
      *Legal name change document(s) if name on proof of identity is different from the name on the other documents (examples: marriage certificate, adoption papers)
    • One proof of Social Security number
    • Two proofs of California residency – paper copies (examples: utility bill, bank statement)

For more information about the program and future off-site service locations, go to For more information about REAL ID, visit

Badger January 18, 2020 at 8:57 PM

Great!! As if the DVM isn’t busy enough already. I went to the Clerk-Recorder office in Martinez last Friday to get a real birth certificate. A hospital record of birth will not be accepted for Real ID. The Clerk-Recorder office is well organized. Go to their website and print the Birth Certificate Application.
Fill that out before you go. I was in and out within 10 minutes. Bring a quarter for parking the lot is always full.

Aunt Barbara January 18, 2020 at 10:21 PM

They know who was born here and should provide your REAL ID in the mail to all California residents who WERE BORN HERE, OR IT’S AN INSULT!

S January 19, 2020 at 7:24 AM

Good Point!

Monica January 19, 2020 at 10:49 AM

Yea, because its super easy to track all the people with birth certificates and where they are and if they need it at all. Don’t be daft.

Carnac the Magnificent January 19, 2020 at 1:30 PM

@ Aunt Barbara

Really? How would “they” know you were born here? I’d love to know what database that information is stored on.

Ozzie January 19, 2020 at 2:29 PM

Deep State knows all.

Lambie January 18, 2020 at 10:45 PM

If you have a passport, don’t bother getting a Real ID.

If your passport has expired, you can renew it easier than trying to gat a Real ID. As long as it has not been expired more that 15 years from issue date.

TOB January 20, 2020 at 1:45 PM

Actually not true. I thought the same. Some states will not accept passport. Was in the news recently. I think there are 13 states that do not for some reason.

My original plan was to go this route bypass the other. That or avoid those states lol.

Lambie January 18, 2020 at 10:54 PM

Renewing you passport probably costs more than a Real ID, but is more versatile. I’m renewing the book $110 and card $30 for a total of $140. Passports are good for 10 years.

FBR January 19, 2020 at 2:03 AM

Do Not Get RealID. This is the deep state putting you in a national database for face recognition. Why are American citizens being tracked instead of illegal aliens??? Just use your passport if you want to fly or enter a federal building.

sign from above January 19, 2020 at 5:21 AM


How was your trip to Area 51?

No, it is not a method to secretly track your every move. It is designed to prevent terrorism and therefore keep us safe.

Frank January 19, 2020 at 11:39 AM

If you have a drivers license or other government picture ID you picture is already in the database so this is not a conspiracy. Of course they should require the same level of security for voting but won’t.

Captain Bebops January 19, 2020 at 1:47 PM

No, it’s just security theater to keep the serfs in line. “Your paperz pleez”.

FBR January 20, 2020 at 8:34 PM

…to the sheep…go ahead and step into the cattlecar. At least those patriots in Virginia know how to fight for their freedoms. California has been lost to tyranny a long time ago.

commoncents January 20, 2020 at 11:43 PM

@FBR – don’t tell me – you believed in Jade Helm and that Obama was the 21st hijacker….

FBR January 22, 2020 at 3:04 AM

@common cents…. you have no idea what I believe…go back to smoking your joint.

JustMe January 19, 2020 at 5:47 AM

So the requirements for a passport and Real ID are almost the same, you still need to supply a certified birth certificate to obtain one. There’s websites where you can request one. Real ID goes further, and you have to have two documents that prove your residence (ie bills). If your name changes (marriage or divorce) you need a document for that as well.

I obtained a Real ID and passport last year, and both were painless. I setup an appointment at the DMV early last year, and it was 3 months out. Showing up with all my documentation, took about 30 minutes in total to process. They take a new picture. If your license wasn’t expiring, you weren’t required to take a new driver’s test.

For passport, I just showed up at the Post Office, waited about an hour, took a picture, and provided my documentation.

Real ID arrived about a week or so later.

My passport, I believe arrived a month later.

ZZ January 19, 2020 at 8:58 AM

If your license is due to be renewed between 2016 and the deadline date in 2020, you don’t have to show proof of residency….
Don’t see the reasoning here…

Monica January 19, 2020 at 10:51 AM

Really? They made me show all sorts of documentation. I’d recommend having it with yout just to be sure.

Frank January 19, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Yes you do, I did mine last year. You can renew your drivers license without it but it won’t have the real ID seal on it.

ZZ January 19, 2020 at 11:53 AM

That’s what they do in Texas. I assumed it was done the same nation wide beings that it’s a federal law. Oh wait, states don’t always follow federal laws, ie sanctuary states. Lolol

JustMe January 20, 2020 at 10:46 AM

If you’re applying for Real ID you have to show proof of residency… two of them.

Real ID shouldn’t be confused with your regular driver’s license. You can renew your driver’s license without obtaining Real ID. Real ID is simply an additional picture on your driver’s license, that denotes compliance. I know many people that tried to get real ID, didn’t have the proper documentation, and simply renewed their license instead– assuming they going for both. It simply means a trip to the DMV if they want Real ID at a later time.

The funny thing here, this has been dragged out for years. Many people are confused about the Real ID process. I went online to look at all the requirements. It’s not that big of an ordeal. It’s about the same as getting a passport, with some additional requirements. If anything, what upset me most, is that is has additional fees that you have to pay. Seems like a way to charge you more.

ZZ January 20, 2020 at 11:27 AM

@justme I am talking about the RealID. Like I said, in Texas if your “normal” DL is due for “normal” renewal you send in your money and they send you your new Real ID DL. The one with the star in the corner. No birth certificate or proof of residency. I’m not confusing the two.

Captain Bebops January 19, 2020 at 9:25 AM

Though I renewed by drivers license in December I did not get the RealID. My passport had expired in October and I couldn’t find my birth certificate. So I just got the regular drivers license and will be renewing my passport shortly and now they both won’t need renewing the same year.

FPN January 19, 2020 at 11:02 AM

Is the reason behind real IDs is anyone citizen or non citizen can now get a DLs and so citizens need a special ID. Or am I totally wrong on this?

Frank January 19, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Too bad they don’t have the same level of security to vote.

To Do List January 19, 2020 at 12:25 PM

And to add insult to injury, we are now stuck with having a badly drawn gold miner on our drivers licenses? No human could sit like that or at least I cannot facing forward and then with legs twisted off to the right. Try it. And where is the heel of his right leg in his inappropriate 17th century swashbucklers boots? Where are his shoulders? He has the body of a potato.

Local Lady January 20, 2020 at 10:55 AM

He isn’t a miner. He’s a prospector, panning for gold, not mining it. If you look closely it’s drawn in the style of a wood cut, which is why it doesn’t look quite realistic. As for the legs, yes, they really do get scrunched up like that while panning. It’s easier to see on a real licence.

JJ January 19, 2020 at 12:58 PM

If I am called for jury duty. Is the court house in Martinez a federal building? If I don’t have a Real ID, am I not allowed in?

Carnac the Magnificent January 19, 2020 at 1:39 PM

The courthouse in Martinez is a county building which houses the Superior Court of California in and for the County of Contra Costa.

Last time I was there, you did not have to produce identification to enter so that is one less excuse for missing jury duty.

Karla January 19, 2020 at 2:49 PM

Trying to navigate through this processes involved is time consuming and convoluted. Appointments are are 60 days out so walk in is really the only way. Best tip, if you don’t have an on line account with DMV, don’t make one. It takes a long time and in confusing to seniors or those who are not tech savvy. You can walk into the office and complete the same application on the testing/voter registration terminals. At the end, the terminal gives you the application number you will need at Start Here.
If the federal building doesn’t require to I’D to enter, you won’t need it to get in after deadline.

Captain Bebops January 20, 2020 at 9:03 AM

My experience last month without an appointment was that it was no problem. I think they only allot a certain amount of appointment slots anyway and the rest is for walk-ins. Since the last time I had to have my photo taken which was 10 years ago the Concord DMV has moved into a new larger building and things are better organized.

DrDuran January 21, 2020 at 8:33 AM

Concord DMV is in the same building it’s been in since at least the early 80’s, I don’t know where you went 10 years ago..

Yourmom January 19, 2020 at 2:58 PM

Putting that DONOR sticker on your license makes it so your family can not keep you on some life supports longer than however many hours it states in the donor policy. So family will not have a choice to keep you alive longer to see if you come out of whatever brain dead status you’re in . It’s a legal binding document. Just FYI.

V January 20, 2020 at 2:03 AM

They also make you goto additional website if you don’t want to be on doinate list anymore , it is not enough to simply tell DMV, you have to call a third company to be removed.

WCreeker January 20, 2020 at 7:05 AM

I just got my real ID last weekend and it was ridiculously easy. No appointment, just went to Concord dmv around 3 in the afternoon. Waited maybe half an hour. Used my passport so I didn’t need to dig out a birth certificate. I don’t want to drag my passport around on every domestic flight, it’s a much bigger pain to replace that if lost.

Justifiable languor January 20, 2020 at 10:13 AM

Would you post the papers you had to present please?
I am confused about the birth certificate as well. I went to the hospital of birth many years ago. They have me a microphish (?). It worked just fine for a trip back from Mexico (SLC).

The DMV personnel can be very unhelpful. I’d like you’re first hand details. A list, to be precise.

Captain Bebops January 20, 2020 at 4:46 PM

There is also a passport card you can get in addition to a passport so you don’t need to drag around your passport for a domestic flight.

slagheap January 20, 2020 at 2:25 PM

got my documents together, registered online, got the code, showed up at DMV w/o appointment. squared away & out of there in about 1/2 hour, including waiting time.

WCreeker January 20, 2020 at 4:10 PM

This is what I took:

Social Security Card
Homeowner’s insurance
Property tax statement.

You need 1.) either a passport or the county-certified birth certificate (hospital issued birth certificate doesn’t work) 2.) something with your name and social security number on it. social security card, W2, paystub all work 3.) two items with your name and your address on it — utility bills (originals), insurance documents, school documents, etc.

WCreeker January 20, 2020 at 7:02 PM

I brought in my passport, Social Security card, my homeowner’s insurance policy and my property tax bill. Those covered all the bases:

1. Passport or county-certified birth certificate
2. Document with your SSN on it. Card, W2, paystub
3. Two documents that show your address and your name.

Justifiable languor January 20, 2020 at 9:10 PM

Thank you so much for the posts. Both of them!

Barbie Girl January 20, 2020 at 10:03 PM

When you get your first license or I.D. card you have to show your birth certificate and SS. They should have it on file and just upgrade everyone to the new current license. If you need a new one or change your current one, then require them to go down to DVV.

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