The Division of Motor Vehicles is warning North Carolina residents to expect longer lines at DMV offices and a three-week delay in getting a permanent driver's license.
DMV Commissioner Bill Gore said Tuesday that new laws are taking effect to ensure licenses are issued only to legal U.S. residents. Gore said that means more work from division employees and a new procedure for getting a license.
Starting July 1, people seeking a new or renewed license will get a temporary permit while the cards are made at a central location. The new license will be mailed in 20 days.
North Carolina also will begin complying with a new federal law by the end of 2008 that requires each of the state's 6 million license holders to affirm their legal residence in the country.
That process will take several years.