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What to Expect for Your REAL ID Visit


The N.C. REAL ID will make it more convenient to board a commercial airplane if you don't have a passport or visit a military base or other federal facility, but it isn't required and won't be needed until October 2020.

If you’re headed to a N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles driver license office to get yours, here is a list of things to expect during your first visit:

  • If you did not schedule an appointment, be prepared to wait a bit longer as there are more people visiting the office for their first REAL ID, too.
  • Your identity and residency documents will be reviewed at check-in.
  • You will take a vision test.
  • You will take a new photo.
  • You will receive a temporary identification certificate or a temporary driving certificate to use until you receive the actual card in the mail.
  • Your temporary ID or license will not have a star, but the actual card will include the star when mailed to you.
Download the printable REAL ID brochure for a complete list of required documents.


1/17/2019 10:13 AM