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North Carolina adds more REAL ID Express Days

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is giving people more opportunities this spring to get their N.C. REAL IDs quicker.

REAL ID Express Days have drawn more than 700 customers to offices in Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Charlotte. Now, the NCDMV will open driver license offices for REAL ID Express Days in a host of other locations. The next batch of REAL ID Express Days will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in select driver license offices on the following Saturdays: 

  • March 23 and April 13: Avent Ferry Shopping Center, 3231 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh
  • March 30: North Main Crossing, 801A North Main St., Kernersville
  • April 27: East Greensboro, 2527 East Market St., Greensboro
  • May 4: Hendersonville, 125 Baystone Drive, Hendersonville 

During REAL ID Express Days, people can convert their current driver license or ID cards to REAL IDs. Anyone with an expiration date six months before the REAL ID date will be eligible to renew their license or ID card during their visit. Duplicates and first time ID cards will also be available.

With services geared toward REAL IDs, customers have been able to transact their business quickly. In Charlotte, for instance, customers did not wait in line and their transactions were completed in 10 minutes. 

People will also be able to get their REAL IDs at the North Carolina Azalea Festival April 6-7 in Wilmington and the Got to Be NC Festival May 17-19 in Raleigh. The NCDMV plans to station mobile driver license units at both spring festivals. 


Starting in October 2020, people will be required to have a REAL ID or valid U.S. passport for flying, entering federal facilities and visiting military installations. Some military installations already require REAL ID.

To obtain a REAL ID, residents will need to bring the following documents (no photocopies) to the driver license office:

  • One proof of identity/date of birth: certified birth certificate or unexpired U.S. passport
  • One proof of full Social Security Number: Social Security card, W-2 or 1099
  • Two proofs of current physical address: driver license, vehicle registration card, voter registration card, utility bill, cable bill, bank statement
  • Proof of name change (if applicable): certified marriage license, divorce decree and/or court document indicating the name change (number of documents depend on number of name changes)

Additional documents are available at NCREALID.gov.

More than 1 million North Carolinians have obtained a REAL ID since its debut in May 2017.

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