REAL ID – What Is It?

The Department of Homeland Security is requiring that all domestic air travelers have what’s called a REAL ID no later than October 1, 2020, or alternative forms of identification will be required before you board a flight. 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is offering REAL ID’s and it is a good idea to go ahead and get this new form of a driver’s license as soon as possible. There will certainly be a mad dash to get REAL ID’s as the 2020 deadline draws near.

It’s easy to get the REAL ID. There will be just a few more steps required when you go to the DMV to get a driver’s license. The key difference is that you will need to bring proof of your identity, date of birth, lawful status, social security number, North Carolina address, and if necessary, proof of a name change. 

Document requirements can be found at the North Carolina DOT website at 

Then you will be issued a REAL ID, which looks just like your current driver’s license with the addition of a star emblem.

Another tip?  You can make an appointment at the DMV, so your wait won’t be very long.  Get that REAL ID today, and it’ll be smooth flying from there.

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Tina Kinsey
Asheville Regional Airport
Dir. of Marketing, PR & Air Service Development