After xmas day, we just walked in within 20 minutes after DMV opened without any appointment. They allowed my son to renew as his license expiring with in 30 days.
For me, they said new rules are coming after Jun 2019 and suggested me to come back. They said even if I get real id, I need to come back after jun 2019 once new changes are effective. I did not know what the new rules and they did not tell what it is, but requested them to consider my driver id+real id change.
After few minutes of discussion, they allowed me get real id. Everything went smooth and we both were out of DMV in 20 minutes. That is the benefit of Xmas holidays and non-urban areas.
It is Gilroy, DMV.
Last week, We have received the real id by mail.