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‘real March Id’ Recorder - Available Mass 26 The What Is N.C. REAL ID?

N.C. REAL ID driver licenses and IDs carry a gold star in the top right corner.
Without a star, licenses and IDs now carry the stamp "Not for Federal Identification."

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, federal agencies will enforce the REAL ID Act, which requires a REAL ID, U.S. passport or another federally approved identification to board commercial flights and enter secure federal buildings.

The N.C. REAL ID is a REAL ID Act-compliant driver license that 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."

N.C. REAL ID Is Completely Optional

You do not need an N.C. REAL ID driver license or identification card to do any of the following:

  • Drive
  • Vote
  • Apply for or receive federal benefits (e.g., Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, etc.)
  • Enter a federal facility that does not require an ID (e.g,. a post office)
  • Access a hospital or receive life-saving services
  • ‘real March Id’ Recorder - Available Mass 26 The Participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations (e.g., serve on a federal jury, testify in federal court, etc.)

An N.C. REAL ID, however, might be helpful for anyone who frequently:

  • Boards a commercial airplane
  • Visits nuclear sites
  • Visits military bases
  • Visits federal courthouses, federal prisons or other federal facilities

An individual without an N.C. REAL ID or U.S. passport will still be able to board flights or make visits to the facilities mentioned above, but they will have to provide additional documentation with their traditional license or ID. 

Getting an N.C. REAL ID

Even though the federal law is not effective until Oct. 1, 2020, anyone can get an N.C. REAL ID now.

To do so, visit an N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles driver license office with the required acceptable documentation:

  • One document (with full name) proving identity and date of birth
  • One document (with full name and full Social Security Number) confirming Social Security number
  • Two documents (with current physical address) proving North Carolina residency
  • For non-U.S. citizens, one document (with full name) proving legal presence/lawful status
  • If applicable, one or more documents verifying any name change

​Other Details to Know

  • Your first N.C. REAL ID cannot be obtained online. It can only be issued at a driver license office, where required documents will be scanned and permanently stored, as required under federal law, in your NCDMV record.
  • 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.
  • ‘real March Id’ Recorder - Available Mass 26 The If you get an N.C. REAL ID outside of the renewal period, the cost is $13 – the same as a duplicate license or ID card. You will have to take a new photo, but no tests are required.
  • The cost is the same as a renewal, if the REAL ID is obtained within six months of expiration. You will have to take a vision test and take a new photo.
  • Applying for a North Carolina driver license or ID card will cancel any licenses or ID cards from other states through the State-to-State Verification program.​

Last updated May. 4, 2019

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