DMV to start producing REAL IDs


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY)– The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is now producing the state’s first “REAL IDs.”

A REAL ID is an optional license or ID card that meets the security requirements of the federal REAL ID act.

Starting October 1, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration and other agencies will require a REAL ID for commercial air travel and access to federal buildings, military installations and nuclear facilities.

“The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has worked extremely hard to prepare our state to meet this new federal requirement,” said NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary David Howard. “We are glad to offer this optional, single ID to help our citizens travel and access federal facilities.”

Residents must visit a driver license office to apply for their first N.C. REAL ID. Applicants must provide:

  • One document that proves identity, such as a birth certificate, valid U.S. passport, or immigration documents;
  • One document that verifies birth, such as a birth certificate, valid U.S. passport or immigration documents;
  • One document that confirms their Social Security number, such as a Social Security card or W-2 form;
  • Two documents that establish residency in North Carolina, such as a utility bill, vehicle registration card, or bank statement.

The NCDOT says you will still be able to board flights and enter federal buildings if you don’t have a REAL ID, but you will need to provide additional identifications along with your standard license.

The N.C. REAL ID will have a gold star in the top right corner to indicate the identity and residency documents are permanently stored with the NCDMV record. Those who prefer to keep their current license or ID will receive credentials that carry the notation “Not for Federal Identification.”

The REAL ID will cost the same as a standard driver license and ID card. You can get the REAL ID when your renew your license or before for the cost of a duplicate.

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