North Carolina Surpasses REAL ID Milestone

Last Updated on May 31, 2017 5:59 pm

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has issued more than 10,000 REAL ID driver licenses and identification cards since debuting the new card 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. DMV officials estimate that number could surpass 14,000 by month’s end.

The N.C. 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 Department of Homeland Security.

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 with a standard license or ID will be required to furnish additional documentation.

Residents must visit a driver license office to apply for their first N.C. REAL ID with the appropriate documents to verify their identity and residence.

More information on North Carolina’s REAL ID, including the complete list of verification documents, is available at


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