The N.C. REAL ID will make it more convenient to board a commercial airplane or visit a military base or other federal facility.
Beginning in 2020, federal agencies will enforce tougher security standards at airport check-ins, federal buildings, military installations and nuclear sites.
The N.C. REAL ID is just like a traditional license or ID but has a gold star at the top. Driver licenses and IDs without a gold star are noted "Not for Federal Identification."
A person without an N.C. REAL ID will still be able to board flights or enter federal facilities, but they will have to provide additional documentation with their traditional license or ID.
Getting an N.C. REAL ID
Getting an N.C. REAL ID driver license or ID card costs the same as getting any other license or ID for the first time, and the process is similar.
Visit an N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles driver license office with the required documentation.
N.C. REAL IDs are only available by visiting a driver license office, where it will be scanned and permanently stored, as required under federal law, in an individual's NCDMV record.