Not that know of-- see http://criminal.findlaw.com/juvenile-justice.html?DCMP=GOO-CRIM_JuvenileBroadModifier-California&HBX_PK=california+teenage+law
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I agree with both counsel, and would recommend it, it might be needed in the future especially if he does not get a drivers license.
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I'm also unaware of any law requiring that someone have a government issued ID. Perhaps you are referring to TSA's rule regarding domestic air travel without ID. Their rule is that if you're 17 or under, there is no requirement for photo identification. If you're 18 or over, you can travel without a photo ID but will have to undergo additional screening. It's unclear by whom your son "is being told" that he must obtain a California ID. Another issue is in obtaining a job in that many jobs will require that an applicant have a photo ID. A passport certainly accomplishes the same objectives as a California state ID (allows domestic [and foreign travel]; allows one to obtain job; vote where photo ID is required; allows one to enter bars if one is 21; buy a gun, etc). There seems to be no benefit of a California ID over a US passport while the one benefit of a driver's license is one can operate a motor vehicle. Frankly a prefer a system with no government issued identification (photograph or otherwise) but that train left the station several decades ago. Unwieldy physical ID cards will likely become obsolete, government will simply identify persons through DNA mandatorily obtained at birth or retinal scans.