REAL ID Updates: North Carolina REAL ID Roll Out

In January 12, 2018

Below are updates on the REAL ID changes coming for North Carolina. Read more below and see the link at bottom for full article.


Real ID Compliance Update from Official Travel Documents

North Carolina newspaper prepares FAQ for REAL ID roll out

As the North Carolina DMV rolls out its REAL ID compliant licenses, the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper published a useful “frequently asked questions” to help residents understand the new law. Important points made include:

  1. Do I need to get a REAL ID?
  2. No, neither the state nor federal government requires that you have a REAL ID.
  3. Then why would I get a REAL ID?
  4. The federal government will begin requiring stricter identification standards to board a commercial flight or to enter a federal facility, including courthouses and military bases, as well as nuclear plants. The REAL ID will be sufficient to board a plane or enter facilities where the public is required to show ID. To fly, those without a REAL ID will be required to show another form of identification, such as a passport, Department of Defense ID or one of dozen other IDs listed on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s website, Military bases require two forms of identification if you don’t have a REAL ID.
  5. If we have until 2020, why is the N.C. DMV so keen for people to get them now?
  6. DMV officials estimate that as many as 4 million North Carolina drivers may want to get a REAL ID by Oct. 1, 2020. If everyone waits until the months just before then, DMV offices will be overwhelmed.

We find that these types of public information campaigns significantly help residents cope with any changes to their processes at the DMV and proactively mitigate against long lines at the DMV before the REAL ID deadline.

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