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State residents adapting to REAL ID


The public is quickly adapting to a new form of ID issued by the state Division of Motor Vehicles.

A press release from the state DMV says in just one year about 18 percent of all driver’s license and identification cards meet REAL ID standards. REAL ID is identification that meets new federal security requirements for boarding commercial airplanes and visiting federal facilities, including military installations. REAL ID is already being enforced at Camp Lejeune. DMV started issuing REAL ID on May 1 of last year. To date 445,401 REAL ID licenses and identity cards have been issued.  Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, those without a REAL ID will need to present additional information beyond a driver’s license to board flights or visit federal facilities.

George Olsen is a 1977 Havelock High School graduate. He received his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1982 where he got his first taste of non-commercial radio working for their student station WUSC. After graduation he worked about five years in commercial radio before coming to work at Public Radio East where he has remained since outside of a nearly 3-year stint as jazz and operations coordinator at WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the early 1990s. On his return to eastern North Carolina he hosted classical music for Public Radio East before moving into the Morning Edition host position and now can be heard on All Things Considered. He also hosts and produces The Sound, five hours of Americana, Roots Rock and Contemporary Folk weekday evenings on PRE Public Radio East News & Ideas, and is a news and feature producer for Public Radio East.
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