Monday, July 4, 2022

North Carolinians who travel will need Real ID by May 2023

The department of transportation is reminding individuals statewide there is one year left before a REAL ID is needed to travel or access select federal facilities.

REAL ID driver’s licenses are identified with a gold star in the top right corner. The IDs will be mandatory to travel commercially across the U.S. starting May 2023. A passport is still valid as well.

Federal facilities that require the ID include nuclear sites, military bases, and federal prisons.

The REAL ID is optional and not needed to vote, drive, apply for federal benefits, enter a federal facility that doesn’t require ID, access a hospital or medical services, and serve on a jury or testify in court.

More information about REAL ID requirements can be found at

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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