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California’s Real IDs

California’s Real IDs

California’s Real IDs

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably seen a story or two talking about Real ID’s. There has been quite a commotion as Californians all begin prepping for the switch from their old California ID’s to these new ones, but why? What is so special and important about these new ID cards?

What Are Real ID’s?

The need for Real ID’s arose from the Real ID Act passed by Congress in 2005, which was recommended by the 9/11 Commission. The idea was to set a federally accepted standard for how identification cards were issued by state governments. Under this act, certain requirements have to be met while applying for an ID card. If these requirements aren’t met with that ID, then it will not be given the same access as a Real ID.

Starting on October 1st, 2020 everyone, over the age of 18, will need to present a Real ID compliant license or ID in order to access federal facilities and to board domestic flights. This is why these ID’s are such a big deal for a lot of people. Without a Real ID, people will not be able to fly in the US.

Minors are exempt from the need to use a Real ID since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not require people under the age of 18 to provide identification.

Applying For A Real ID

Not everyone will need a Real ID. To find out if a person will need a Real ID, they can take a quiz on the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)’s website here.

Since a Real ID is a new form of identification, a person looking to get one will need to bring a lot of documentation with them. Some of the important documents that a person will need to bring with them to the DMV for a Real ID include:

  • An identification document that lists a person’s date of birth and full name. Some examples of this include US Passports and birth certificates.
  • A name change documentation if the name has been changed, such as a woman’s name being changed after getting married.
  • One document showing a person’s social security number. This can be a person’s social security card or their W-2 form.
  • Two different documents proving the person’s residency in the state of California. These must include the person’s full mailing address and first and last name.

If a person already had a Real ID, but only showed one proof of residency to get the ID, they will need to provide a second proof of residency in order for the ID to remain effective.

If You Want To Travel, You’ll Need A Real ID

Any Californian planning to visit secure federal locations, or wanting to fly across the US after October 1st, 2020 will need to have a federally approved Real ID. The whole point of this new type of ID is to make sure that every state is on the same page and getting the same information when issuing an ID to a person. The hope is that these new ID’s will help prevent people from forging them.

While getting this new form of identification may be a bit of a hassle and time consuming, once a person has it, they do not have to worry. Renewing a Real ID will be as simple as renewing their old driver’s license.

What are your thoughts on Real ID’s and how the state of California has been handling them?

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What To Do When Traffic Lights Stops Working

What To Do When Traffic Lights Stops Working

What To Do When Traffic Lights Stops Working

With all of the technology around us that helps keep the world running, it can be hard to imagine what things used to be like before that tech existed. How could people have lived without all of this amazing stuff? Well, every once in a while we get to find out. As amazing as all of this tech is, it isn’t indestructible, and can sometimes come crashing down.

Take for instance one of the most important bits of technology for drivers, especially those traveling through cities: Stoplights. These simple bits of tech may not seem like a big deal, but when they go down, they can cause quite a commotion.

Who Would Have Thought Traffic Lights Would Have Such an Impact

As drivers, everyone expects that everything will go their way. Cars will drive on the right side of the road, drivers will stay in their lanes, and use turn signals when needed. When something like this doesn’t work properly, such as a driver not signaling their turn or lane change, it can be frustrating.

What can be more frustrating, and even confusing for some, is when a traffic light goes down. Traffic lights can go down for a few different reasons, such as:

  • Power outage
  • Computer failure
  • Maintenance

When this occurs, all of the lights in the intersection will either blink the red light on and off, or they will go black entirely. This can cause a lot of confusion for drivers who were expecting the light to be working and telling them how to proceed through the intersection.

So, what are drivers supposed to do when they come across and intersection with stoplights that are not working?

How To Drive Through Downed Stoplights

The answer to that questions is actually very simple and straight forward. When stoplights go down, drivers are supposed to treat the intersection the same way they would one controlled by stop signs.

This means that drivers need to come to a full stop before entering the intersection. They should allow other drivers who reached the limit line before them to go first. So long as everyone is polite and takes their turn, things will move smoothly.

Some drivers assume that if the road they are on is a main road, and the other one a minor one, they on the main road do not have to stop. This is wrong. All cars in all directions have to stop before entering the intersection. Ironically, by stopping this keeps traffic moving in all directions.

Everyone has seen a working stoplight intersection before, and can reproduce it on a smaller, turn-based scale. For example, the traffic could proceed as follows, one car at a time per lane:

  1. Cars on the up and down road seeking to make a left can go first.
  2. Cars going straight on the up and down road go next.
  3. Cars making left turns on the right and left road go next.
  4. Cars going straight on the right and left roads go next.
  5. Repeat the process.

So long as everyone works together, things will run smoothly.

Just Take Turns

Dealing with a downed traffic light isn’t exactly fun. When people are driving, they expect everything to be working properly so that they can get to their destination on time. With all of the technology at our disposal, this should be easy, but sometimes, tech fails.

Something as small as a traffic light going down can greatly slow down a person’s commute. However, trying to rush through a down intersection only create more problems for everyone else. It is in everybody’s interest to work together and take turns.

Do you have another good example of when a small bit of tech goes down that had a bigger impact than you might have guessed?

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Be There For Family

Be There For Family

Be There For Family

You may not always get along with your family, but at the end of the day, you still love those people. You would do anything for them, and they would do the same for you. Being able to depend on someone like that is a rare gift, one that should not be taken for granted. That is why, if one of your family members calls on you for help, you should lend them a hand.

Never is this truer than when that person is calling you from jail. If someone you love is in jail, then you want to bail him or her out.

Jail is not a place where you want your loved ones to be.

That is why you are looking for a way to post his or her bail. The problem is, bail is very expensive in California. Luckily, there is a cheaper solution.

Posting bail becomes much more affordable when you come to David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia for a bail bond. Our bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. This means that no matter what price the bail is set at, you will get a 90% discount by coming to us. By providing this discount to our clients, many Californians realize that they are able to afford bailing out their loved one.

On top of providing clients with a cheap alternative to posting bail, we allow them to pay for the bond with a personalized payment plan. This plan breaks up the cost of the bail bond and spreads it out over several months making it much more affordable. Each monthly installment will be tailored to fit your financial budget.

Bailing someone out of jail may not be something that you want to do, but it is not as bad as you think. Bailing a loved one out of jail is a piece of cake with David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. We make bailing someone out of jail cheap and affordable. We can help you be there for your loved one.

Consultation at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia is FREE, so call and talk to one of our reliable bail agents at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

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