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N.C. Real ID can help with traveling

Allen Moran, right, the newly installed N.C. Board of Transportation representative for District One, which includes Ocracoke, visited the island in August during the community dinner at the end of the week-long power outage. Hyde County Manager Bill Rich is at left. Photo: C. Leinbach

NAGS HEAD – Just in time for the holidays, N.C. Department of Transportation Board Member Allen Moran applied for his N.C. REAL ID at the Nags Head driver license office Wednesday. Moran, who represents NCDOT Division One, covering the Outer Banks and the northeastern part of the state, is also a deputy with the Dare County Sheriff’s office.

He arrived at the license office at 10:30 a.m. for an appointment with DMV Examiner Cheryl Squire to get his N.C. REAL ID.

“The key is having the correct documents when you visit the DMV,” said Moran. “I presented my certified birth certificate, W-2, driver license and vehicle registration card and was out of the office in less than 20 minutes.”

N.C. REAL ID is a single form of identification that will allow travelers to enter security checkpoints at the airport. It also meets the federal requirements for visiting military bases, nuclear power plants and other federal facilities.

The N.C. REAL ID is a traditional North Carolina license or ID with an additional gold star endorsement at the top. The cost is the same. The federal REAL ID Act established the requirements and the program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

If you already have a regular driver license, it can be changed to an N.C. REAL ID by ordering a duplicate license for $13. Moran recommends Outer Banks residents, especially frequent flyers, apply for their REAL ID in advance of their next flight.

Appointments for priority service can be scheduled for any driver license office by calling the DMV Customer Contact Center at 919-715-7000.

Without a REAL ID, travelers will have to provide additional identification to fly and visit other federal facilities beginning in 2020. The required identification may vary. The complete list of verification documents is available at NCREALID.gov.

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