North Carolina to Begin Offering REAL ID Licenses and ID Cards on May 1
Beginning on October 1, 2020, the TSA and other agencies will require a REAL ID for commercial air travel
On May 1, 2017, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) will begin producing the state's first REAL ID, an optional driver license or identification card that meets the security requirements of the federal REAL ID Act.
Frequent air travelers and visitors to military installations and federal facilities may want to consider applying for an NC REAL ID. Beginning on October 1, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other agencies will require a REAL ID for commercial air travel and access to federal buildings, military installations, and nuclear facilities.
Persons without a REAL ID will still be able to board flights and enter federal facilities, but they will need to provide additional identification along with their standard driver license. For more information about required documentation, contact the TSA or other relevant federal agency.
"The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has worked extremely hard to prepare our state to meet this new federal requirement," said NC Department of Transportation (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 an NCDMV driver license office to apply for their first NC 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 NC REAL ID will have a gold star in the top right corner to indicate that the identity and residency documents for the individual are permanently stored with NCDMV. Citizens who prefer to keep their current license or ID will receive credentials that carry the notation Not for Federal Identification.
North Carolina's REAL ID will be available at the same cost as a standard driver license and identification card. An NC REAL ID can be obtained at the time of renewal or before the renewal period for the cost of a duplicate.
The new standards were established by the federal REAL ID Act, which was passed in 2005 following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Act is administered by the Department of Homeland Security.
For more information about North Carolina's REAL ID—including a full list of documents that are acceptable proofs of identity and residency—visit the NC REAL ID website.