DMV schedules express days for drivers to get Real ID's

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - The DMV is giving drivers more opportunities to get their Real ID's this spring.

Real ID Express Days will allow drivers to convert their current licenses to Real ID's more quickly at a number of DMV's statewide.

Anyone who's license expires six months before October of 2020 will be able to renew their license. Duplicates and first time ID cards will also be available.

The express days will be held at the following locations:

• 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

The DMV is also planning to have a mobile driver license unit at the North Carolina Azalea Festival April 6-7 in Wilmington and the Got to Be NC Festival May 17-19 in Raleigh.

Starting in October 2020, people will be required to have a Real ID when flying, entering federal facilities and visiting military installations. Otherwise, additional identification, like a passport, will be required.

The Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 as a way to enforce stricter security standards. The ID looks like your current driver's license, but with a gold star on the upper right hand corner.

In order to apply for a Real ID, you will need the following:

• Proof of identity and date of birth (birth certificate, passport)
• Proof of Social Security number (Social Security card, 1099 tax form, W-2 form, pay stub)
• Two documents that show proof of residency (housing lease, mortgage statement, pay stub, utility or cable bill, vehicle registration, voter precinct card, etc.)
• If you're not a citizen, you will need to show your immigration documents to prove that you are in the U.S. legally
• If your current name does not match what is on your additional identification forms, you'll need to bring a proof of name change (marriage certificate, divorce decree, document from the courts or Register of Deeds)

Real ID's cost $40 for anyone renewing or getting a driver's license for the first time and $13 for anyone upgrading their current ID.

Real ID Express Days have drawn in more than 700 customers across the state so far.

More than one million North Carolinian's have obtained a Real ID since it's debut in May 2017.