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.
Completely optional, the N.C. REAL ID is just like a
traditional license or ID but has a 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.
First-time drivers must also provide proof of liability insurance to receive a driver license.
Individuals can change a driver license or identification card to an N.C. REAL ID at any time. The cost is the same as a
renewal, if the REAL ID is obtained within six months of expiration. A vision test is required and a new photo will be taken.
If the REAL ID is obtained outside of the renewal period, the cost is the same as a duplicate ($13). A new photo will be taken, but no tests are required.
an N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles driver license office with the
required documentation. Download and print the
N.C. REAL ID brochure as a reference when collecting your required documents.
N.C. REAL IDs are only available by visiting a driver license office, where an individual’s required documents will be scanned and permanently stored, as required under federal law, in the individual's NCDMV record.