Real ID Card illustration. (Images courtesy of California Department of Motor Vehicles)

The California Department of Motor Vehicles and the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Office are joining to make it easier for county residents to get the documents needed to obtain a “Real ID.”

The two agencies will team up for events Feb. 1 and Feb. 15, when county residents will be able to buy certified copies of vital records, including marriage and birth certificates.

Both events will be at the DMV office at 2070 Diamond Blvd. in Concord. No appointment is necessary.

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

The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Office offers services in different geographic regions of the county as part of its “Records Within Reach” program.

“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.