Real ID Act

The requirement to obtain a REAL ID has been extended to May 7, 2025; however, a REAL ID is required to access DoD installations if you do not have a DoD ID card.

The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the REAL ID Act’s minimum standards. The purposes covered by the REAL ID Act are: accessing federal facilities, such a military installations, entering nuclear power plants and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.

Until further notice, personnel will need to visit a local North Carolina DMV office to obtain a REAL ID.

Any contracted services and visitors seeking access to Marine Corps installations who do not already have access via a Department of Defense credential (Common Access Card, Uniformed Services Identification Card, DBIDS credential, etc.) will be required to provide a REAL ID to gain installation access, effective Feb. 27, 2023. For additional details, please review MARADMIN 108/23.

Individual state’s compliance status can be viewed by visiting

About the REAL ID RV on MCB Camp Lejeune

Have you been putting off the dreaded trip to the DMV out in town to get a North Carolina REAL ID?  Long lines are now a thing of the past, thanks to a new agreement between Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, who have partnered to ease the process by providing a full-service RV on base.


Personnel are now able to obtain a North Carolina REAL ID at the DMV RV, located in the parking lot south of the Harriotte B. Smith Library near the corner of Holcomb Blvd. and Dogwood Street. Appointments are required and will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the first full week of each month from 8:20 to 11 a.m. and 12 to 3:20 p.m. Individuals can schedule an appointment online at  Appointments should take approximately 20 minutes. 




A REAL ID is a single form of identification that meets higher security standards. Although REAL IDs are not mandatory until May 7, 2025, a REAL ID is required to access DoD installations, including MCB Camp Lejeune.


Schedule an Appointment Today

Individuals can schedule an appointment for the REAL ID full-service RV on base at Ensure all required paper work is in order before showing up to your appointment. Several establishing documents will be required at your appointment.    


NC Requirements for Real ID


This list can also be downloaded at


The cost for a REAL ID is the same as a regular or duplicate driver license/ID.  However, if you already have a valid driver license or ID and want to upgrade for a REAL ID, the fee is $13.  All fees can be paid via a cash, check, credit or debit card.  If you have questions about fees, please visit


After you have submitted your documentation, taken a new photo and paid the fee, your REAL ID will be mailed to you in approximately 15-20 days.


If you have further questions on how to obtain your North Carolina REAL ID, please visit


For more information on REAL ID for other states/territories, secondary identification and the REAL ID Act of 2005, please visit


The REAL ID Act does not affect Marine Corps installation access for individuals that already possess an approved-access credential, i.e. DoD ID card, dependent identification card, military retiree card, MCESS credential or DBIDS credential.



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