Feds puts brakes on Real ID deadline for visitors to local Marine bases

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WITN) - The feds have put the brakes on plans requiring visitors to Eastern Carolina Marines bases to have driver's licenses with enhanced security.

Camp Lejeune announced yesterday that starting on Tuesday people wanting to visit the base would have to have licenses with Real ID.

To comply with the Real ID Act of 2005, you must have gotten an updated driver's license by providing your birth certificate or a valid passport, for example. You must also show proof of your Social Security number, and proof of your address with two documents.

The Real ID license has a gold star in the upper right corner.

But Camp Lejeune's provost marshal said this morning the Real ID Act will not be enforced until January 22nd. We've reached out to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for more information on why the sudden turnaround.

A news release issued yesterday said if base visitors didn't have a Real ID compliant license, they would have to show a valid passport or one of nine other federal IDs.

The DMV says the cost for a Real ID license for drivers who are not renewing their license is the same as a duplicate license, which is $13. For those renewing their driver's license, there is no extra fee involved.