North Carolina Surpasses REAL ID Issuance Milestone During First Month of Availability

Beginning on October 1, 2020, tSA and other federal agencies will require a REAL ID for commercial air travel and access to federal buildings

North Carolina Surpasses REAL ID Issuance Milestone During First Month of Availability
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May 23, 2017

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) says that it has issued more than 10,000 REAL ID driver licenses and identification cards since debuting the new card less than a month ago on May 1.

"We are thrilled that North Carolinians have embraced the new option so quickly," NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary David Howard said. "Having your REAL ID will make it easier to travel by air and enter a federal facility when the federal government begins enforcing tougher identification requirements in 2020."

The total number of REAL ID driver licenses and ID cards issued to-date is 11,195. NCDMV officials estimate that number could surpass 14,000 by the end of May.

The NC REAL ID is an optional license and identification card that meets new security requirements set by the REAL ID Act, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Beginning on October 1, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other federal agencies will require a REAL ID for commercial air travel and access to federal buildings, military installations, and nuclear facilities. Persons with a standard license or ID card will be required to furnish additional documentation once the new rules go into effect.

North Carolina residents must visit an NCDMV driver license office to apply for their first REAL ID—which includes providing the appropriate documents to verify their identity and residence.

More information on NC REAL ID—including the complete list of required verification documents—is available on NCDMV's website.