More than 17K REAL ID’s issued in WNC

Department of Transportation Board Member representing the greater Asheville area, spent 10 minutes — including time for the picture — applying for the new identification card.

Eventually we’re all going to need new ID’s for travelling.

Tuesday in North Carolina, you had a chance to learn how Real ID works.

A member of the North Carolina board of transportation was in Asheville applying for his own ID card.

William “Billy” Clarke, who represents the greater Asheville area, spent 10 minutes — including time for the picture — applying for the new identification card, according to NCDOT.

Soon these will be needed to enter federal buildings, military installations or board an airplane.

North Carolina has already issued more than 200 thousand Real IDs.

The NCDOT says more than 17,000 have been issued in western NC.

South Carolina will officially switch to requiring Real ID’s in 2020.