Up & Coming Weekly

February 18, 2020

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM FEBRUARY 19-25, 2020 UCW 11 Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, federal government agencies will enforce the REAL ID Act, which requires a REAL ID card, U.S. passport or other approved identification to board commercial airline flights and enter military reservations. e North Car- olina REAL ID is a driver's license that is just like a traditional license or ID except that it has a gold star at the top right corner. Driver's licenses and IDs without gold stars note, "Not for Federal Identification." e REAL ID Act, passed by Con- gress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Com- mission's recommendation that the federal government "set standards for the issuance of sources of iden- tification, such as driver's licenses." e law established minimum secu- rity standards for license issuance and production and prohibits fed- eral agencies from accepting driver's licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act's minimum standards. North Carolina is in compliance. e REAL ID is completely option- al. You do not need an N.C. REAL ID driver's license or identification card to do any of the following: drive, vote, apply for or receive federal benefits, visit a post office, access a hospital or receive life-saving ser- vices, participate in law enforcement or court proceedings or investiga- tions. However, an N.C. REAL ID will be helpful for anyone who boards a commercial airplane or visits nuclear sites, military bases, federal courthouses or federal prisons. A REAL ID does not permit direct access to Fort Bragg or other military installations — people still must get visitor passes — but it will save time getting a pass. At Fort Bragg, passes can be acquired at the All-American gate, or access control point, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitor passes will be issued to all persons with valid reasons for entering the installation. A visitor pass can be issued for up to 90 days for nonDoD personnel. A security- vetting process will be completed for each individual before receiving a visitor pass. is includes all passen- gers in a vehicle. Some people will need REAL ID sooner than others. Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune began requiring REAL ID or other forms of identifica- tion for access as of Jan. 22, Patrice Bethea, a spokeswoman for North Carolina DMV said. U.S. military identification cards, including those for active duty or retired military members and their dependents as well as DoD civilians, can be used instead of REAL ID. To apply for a REAL ID card, North Carolinians must visit a DMV driver's license office and provide a document that proves identity, such as a birth certificate, valid U.S. passport or immigration documents plus two documents that establish residency in North Carolina, such as a utility bill, vehicle registration card or bank statement. Applications can- not be made online. One of the advantages of a REAL ID driver's license is that it will provide certainty that the ID will be accepted. Bethea said waiting until the last minute won't work. People who get a new license will receive it in the mail 15 days later. REAL ID: Are you ready? by JEFF THOMPSON NEWS The REAL ID is completely optional. You do not need an N.C. REAL ID driver's license or identification card to do any of the following: drive, vote, apply for or receive federal benefits, visit a post office, access a hospital or receive life-saving services, participate in law enforcement or court proceedings or investigations. *Some restrictions and limitations may apply. Subject to credit approval and credit history. MAIN OFFICE 2917 VILLAGE DRIVE, FAYET TEVILLE D OWNTOWN 201 HAY STREET, FAYET TEVILLE SP OUT SPRINGS 1570 HWY. 87/24, CAMERON Apply Online at BraggMutualLoans.org today. The KEY to LOW MONTHLY PAYMENTS BRAGG MUTUAL Is to get a CAR LOAN from Equal Credit Opportunity Lender Welcome to London Friday February 28, 2020 • 7:30pm First Baptist Church | 201 Anderson St., Fayetteville NC Special anks to Up & Coming Weekly or online at Tickets at the Door $15 for adults • $5 for Students FAYETTEVILLE CUMBERLAND CO. FAYETTEVILLE CUMBERLAND CO. Choral Arts Cumberland Choral Arts Cumberland fayetteville symphony orchestra *Formerly Cumberland Oratorio Singers www.cumberlandchoralarts.org presents

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