It may be time to renew your license. Upon checking your license, if you do not see a gold or black star in the top corner, this is for you! That black/gold star indicates that your ID is a “Real ID.” What does that mean? We’re glad you asked. The Real ID Act was passed in 2005 in response to the attack on the World Trade Centers on 9/11. The Act established “set security standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”
While the Real ID Act has become widespread, there are still some states that issue compliant IDs without a star. In this case, it is best to confirm with your state if your card is not compliant. If your card says “Not for Federal Identification” or “Federal Limits Apply,” then your card is not compliant with the Real ID Act. Those who plan on accessing a nuclear power plant, boarding any commercial aircraft, or accessing a federal facility after May 7, 2025 will need to obtain a Real ID.
If you are unsure about your state’s current status, click here to view state regulations.
Here are the items that you’ll need at hand when registering for your Real ID. You can register with an N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles driver license office.
Beginning May 7, 2025, every state and territory resident will need to present a Real ID compliant license.
Travelers who do not have a Real ID beginning May 7, 2025 will not be permitted through the security checkpoint.
No. Real ID cards cannot be used in place of other identification for border crossings.
Plan on renewing your license well before May 7, 2025. The states will not be able to automatically send individuals compliant driver’s licenses, so it is best to be ahead of the rush. You will need to apply in person and bring identifying documents.
Head over to your local DMV to get started with the process so you’ll have clear skies ahead when flying with Albert J. Ellis Airport. Located near Jacksonville and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Richlands, NC, we provide a fine selection of flight options for travelers headed from Jacksonville, Morehead City, Hampstead, and beyond. Your destination is just a flight away with Albert J. Ellis airport!