Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.
Frequent air travelers and visitors to military bases, nuclear power plants and federal buildings may want to apply for the REAL ID, an optional license or identification card that meets the security requirements of the Federal REAL ID Act.
Beginning on October 1, 2020, a REAL ID will be the only single form of ID accepted in order to board a commercial flight or enter a federal facility. Those without a REAL ID will still be able to use a standard license, but they will be required to furnish additional documentation.
"The difference between a regular ID and a REAL ID is the new REAL ID will have a gold star in the right hand corner. If citizens prefer to not have that, they can have a regular ID or a driver license with the words Not for Federal Identification,'" said Portia Manley, Director of Field Services.
Residents must visit a driver license office to apply for their first REAL ID and provide the following:
One document that proves identity and 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; and
Two documents that establish residency in North Carolina, such as a utility bill, vehicle registration card, or bank statement
A REAL ID is available for the same cost as a standard driver license or ID. More information is available at NCREALID.com.
N.C. Wildflower Awards
This spring, North Carolina's roadways are blooming with brightly colored wildflowers.
These flower beds are part of NCDOT's Wildflower Program, which began in 1985 and is funded through the sale of personalized license plates and direct contributions.
Not only does this program beautify roadsides, but the flower beds also serve as habitats for the state's dwindling number of bees, hummingbirds and other pollinator species.
Every year, the state's Roadside Environmental employees are recognized by the Garden Club of North Carolina for their work to improve the appearance and environmental quality of the state's highways through beautiful wildflower beds.
Winners were announced this week at the annual Wildflower Awards program in Raleigh.
Division 11 was named the Best Overall Division Wildflower Program and includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
The William D. Johnson Daylily award went to Division 13 for the I-240 median at mile marker four in Buncombe County.
The Best Regional Planting award in the eastern part of the state went to Division Two, represented by U.S. 264 at Mozingo Road in Pitt County.
Division 12 was awarded the Best Regional Planting award in the western region for I-85 at U.S. 74 in Gaston County, and the Best Regional Planting award in the central region went to Division Nine, represented by U.S. 52 at Perch Road in Forsyth County.
For more information on these stories visit NCDOT.gov.