The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has required that all states and US territories begin issuing new, more secure identification for air travel and for accessing federal buildings and military installations. For most states, including North Carolina, this requirement goes into effect Oct. 1, 2020. Residents for some states may require an additional form of ID beginning Jan. 22, 2018.
North Carolina residents should visit the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles Real ID page for more information on how to obtain a Real ID. To receive a Real ID designated driver license, residents must bring additional forms of identification to the DMV during an in-person visit. After Oct. 1, 2020, N.C. residents without Real ID will need additional forms of identification to fly.