North Carolina Soars Beyond REAL ID Milestone

Last Updated on August 23, 2017 10:52 am

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has surpassed the 100,000 milestone since the REAL ID debuted in May. The N.C. REAL ID is a new form of identification that meets new federal security requirements for boarding a commercial airplane or visiting a military base or other federal facility.

“We are glad North Carolinians are getting ahead of the deadline,” DMV Commissioner Torre J. Jessup said. “Traveling by air will be much easier with a REAL ID when the Transportation Security Administration begins enforcing tougher identification requirements at the airport on Oct. 1, 2020.”

The total number of REAL ID driver licenses and identification cards issued to-date is 106,074. Currently, REAL IDs account for 14 percent of all issuances.

The N.C. REAL ID is just like a traditional North Carolina license or ID, but has a gold star endorsement at the top. The federal REAL ID Act established the requirements and the program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

DMV officials encourage residents to obtain a REAL ID when renewing their driver license or ID card. To make it more convenient when boarding, frequent flyers are recommended to apply for their REAL ID in advance of their next flight.

Appointments for priority service can be scheduled for any driver license office by calling the DMV Customer Contact Center at 919-715-7000.

To obtain their first REAL ID, residents must bring documents to a local driver license office to verify their:

  • Identity & Date of Birth
  • Social Security number
  • Residence
  • Legal presence

Without a REAL ID, travelers will have to provide additional identification to board a commercial flight and visit other federal facilities beginning in 2020. The required identification may vary. The complete list of verification documents is available at


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