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Can I Refuse to Show My ID to the Police in California?

  California does not have any laws that require individuals to show ID to police in any instance. Lacking any “Stop and Identify” or “Papers Please” laws, cops are unable to legally penalize you for politely refusing to furnish ID in most circumstances. 

  However, if you are pulled over or get arrested, you will need to provide the officer with an ID or face additional penalties. In addition, if you were pulled over for a DUI and failed to show ID, your refusal may be used against you in court.

  The last thing you want is to incriminate yourself unknowingly. Therefore, by remaining calm, polite, and reasonable, you can avoid most issues and refuse most requests from the police. If the police stop you, do your best to follow these steps: 

  You have the right to remain silent and refuse consent to any searches.  Always stay calm and polite. Don’t act erratically or aggressively.  Follow any lawful command given by the police officer.  Don’t lie or give any false documents or information. This can end up severely damaging you later on.  In many interactions with the police, they may request to see your ID card. You are entitled under California law to refuse the request politely. If you wish to exercise your right not to show your ID, you can simply say, “I do not wish to provide my ID at this time.” You are also allowed to ask if you are free to leave and request clarification about the reason for the stop if the officer refuses to let you go.

  You are, however, free to provide your ID to the officer if you would like to do so. In some cases, it may expedite your interaction with the officer. If they are looking for someone in particular or need an easy way to show that you belong in a specific location, showing the officer your ID may be sufficient to clear up any confusion.

  Failing to provide an officer with your ID is not a surefire way to avoid being arrested. If an officer suspects that you have committed a crime, at least to the level of probable cause, your refusal to present an ID when asked will not stop the arrest.

  In addition, officers will sometimes mistakenly arrest people for failing to show ID when asked to do so. While this arrest, usually filed as resisting a peace officer, can be dismissed in many cases, it may be something you wish to avoid by providing your ID.

  While an officer who stops you outside of a vehicle does not have the right to see your ID, you are required to show identification when asked after being pulled over. This is to ensure that you have a license to drive on the road following California Vehicle Code § 12500.

  If you get stopped under suspicion of DUI, the officer may consider the refusal as further suspicion of drunk driving. In addition, you can face a misdemeanor charge for refusing to provide your ID on top of any other charges you may face from the stop.

  If you are a passenger in a vehicle that the police have stopped, you typically do not have to agree to show your ID if asked. Simply being a passenger in a car that has gotten pulled over is not enough justification for an officer in California to get your ID. They may ask for it, and you have the option to decide on your own if you wish to provide it.

  If you politely declined to show your ID, but the police have arrested you, you are required to provide any such identification. Much like refusing to provide an ID when pulled over, failing to provide an ID after being arrested can result in additional misdemeanor charges getting filed against you in accordance with the California Penal Code.

  In California, you have broad rights when it comes to your interaction with the police. If you know your rights, you can affirmatively assert them if an officer ever stops you. This can reduce your stress when interacting with the police and even prevent you from unintentionally incriminating yourself.

  If you feel that the police have violated your rights, you should know that any evidence gathered resulting from that violation may be suppressed. Evidence gained improperly should not be used against you at any criminal trial.

  Our Los Angeles DUI Attorneys have years of experience and can help you understand the legal options available for your DUI case. If you feel that your rights were violated, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our attorneys today.

Real ID: Know Before You Go

  California is working to meet the new standards set by the federal government and will be making available REAL ID compliant driver licenses and identification cards at all DMV locations throughout the state.

  The idea behind the REAL ID is straightforward: Create a new form of state driver license or identification card that requires stricter documentation to guarantee the identity of the person who has one. However, the details can be confusing.

  You will need a REAL ID to fly, enter a military base or a federal building. You can begin to apply for a REAL ID now. It will be required by the federal government on October 1, 2020, unless you have an alternate federal ID, such as a United States passport. You do not need a REAL ID to drive or receive federal benefits.

  More information on REAL ID is available on the DMV website.

  Q. What is the REAL ID?

  A. The California REAL ID is a driver license or ID card issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles that meets new federal identification standards established by Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

  Q. Do I need to get a REAL ID?

  A. No, neither the state nor federal government requires that you have a REAL ID.

  Q. Then why would I get a REAL ID?

  A. The federal government will begin requiring stricter identification standards to board a commercial flight or to enter a federal facility, including courthouses and military bases, as well as nuclear plants. The REAL ID will be sufficient to board a plane or enter facilities where the public is required to show ID. To fly, those without a REAL ID will be required to show another form of identification, such as a passport, Department of Defense ID or one of a dozen other IDs listed on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s website. Military bases require two forms of identification if you do not have a REAL ID.

  Q. If I can fly with my passport, why do I need a REAL ID?

  A. It is mostly a matter of convenience. Most Americans are not accustomed to carrying their passports unless they are planning to leave the country. You would have to remember to bring it with you to visit a federal facility as well.

  Q. When will the new identification requirements go into effect?

  A. For commercial air travel, the REAL ID, a passport or other approved ID will be required to board a flight starting Oct. 1, 2020.

  Q. Do I need to get a REAL ID card right away?

  A. No. Valid California driver license/ID cards will be accepted by TSA to board a domestic flight and by federal agents to enter secure federal facilities until October 1, 2020. Additionally, if you have a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport card, military ID, or other federally approved identification, you may continue to use this as your form of identification after October 1, 2020, for federal purposes.

  NOTE: Check with the federal facility/military base before you visit to verify their identification requirements.

  Q. What documents do I need to get a REAL ID?

  A. To apply for a REAL ID driver license or identification card, you need to provide:

  Proof of identity such as an original or certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. Passport, employment authorization, permanent resident card, or foreign passport with an approved form 1-94.
Proof of Social Security Number such as an SSN card, W-2, or paystub with full SSN.
California residency document such as a utility bill, rental agreement, mortgage bill, or medical document.
If your identity document is in a different name, you will need to provide a name change document such as a marriage license, divorce decree or court document.

Q. Does a REAL ID cost extra?

  A. The fees for a REAL ID card are the same as those currently charged for a driver license or ID card.

  Q. Does a REAL ID look different from a driver’s license?

  A. No, except a REAL ID will have a gold star in the upper right-hand corner. A driver’s license that does not meet the new federal identification standards will contain the words: “Not for Federal Identification.”

  Q. Who can I contact if I am having issues with the Department of Motor Vehicles?

  A. My office is prepared to assist you with any questions or concerns about state-related matters, including the California DMV. Please contact us directly at (951) 371-6860.

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