N.C. to Offer REAL ID Licenses, ID Cards: DMV to Provide New Federal ID

N.C. to Offer REAL ID Licenses, ID Cards: DMV to Provide New Federal ID

By / State News / Wednesday, 03 May 2017 04:00

RALEIGH, N.C. - On May 1, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles began producing the state’s first REAL ID, an optional 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 N.C. REAL ID. Beginning on Oct. 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.
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 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 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.
A complete list of documents that are acceptable proofs of identity and residency is available at NCREALID.com
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. 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 N.C. 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.
In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver licenses and IDs to help prevent fraudulent identification.
On Oct. 1, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration will begin enforcing REAL ID requirements at airport security checkpoints. Federal agencies will also begin requiring REAL ID-compliant licenses and IDs for admission to a variety of federal facilities.
Standards for licenses and ID cards that comply with the REAL ID Act were established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
REAL ID licenses and ID cards are not mandatory.
The Transportation Security Administration will begin accepting N.C. REAL ID driver licenses or ID cards on Jan. 22, 2018, but you can still use other federally accepted IDs to board commercial domestic flights.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, however, you will need an N.C. REAL ID driver license or ID card, or a standard license or ID (plus other federally accepted forms of ID), to board flights or get into federal installations, nuclear power plants and military bases.
After these dates, anyone without an N.C. REAL ID driver license or ID card should plan ahead by contacting the federal facility or military base to determine what identification is required. There is no added fee for an N.C. REAL ID license or ID card. The cost is the same as a standard driver license or ID card. When you first get an N.C. REAL ID driver license or ID card, you must take your identity documents to an N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles driver license office to be added to your DMV record. Once you get an N.C. REAL ID driver license or ID card, you can renew it online, just like a standard license and ID card.
More information on North Carolina’s REAL ID is available at NCREALID.com
Source: North Carolina Department of Transportation.

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