Gov. Mike Easley has signed a bill into law that stretches the length
of driving privileges for many North Carolina residents and is intended to
guard against identity theft.
The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2007, allows drivers between the
ages of 18 to 53 to renew their licenses for eight-year terms. The current
renewal period is five years.
Young drivers’ licenses will expire on their 21st birthday. Older
drivers will continue to renew their licenses every five years.
Another provision in the new law, previously HB267, allows all
applicants for new driver’s licenses to get their permanent licenses by mail.
Currently, licenses must be picked up from local Division of Motor Vehicles
As of July 2008, all licenses and permits will be generated at a
Drivers will use temporary licenses during the 20-day renewal period, The Associated Press reported. The new
rule is intended to give DMV officials more time to determine whether
individuals are trying to generate false identifications or steal someone’s
Lawmakers opted to remove a provision that would have allowed drivers
to renew their licenses on the Internet.
A bill still awaiting Easley’s signature also is intended to thwart
identity theft. The measure would require residents in the state to provide a
Social Security number to get a driver’s license.
The bill, SB602, would change the state’s license law to say the DMV
cannot issue a driver’s license unless the applicant provides a valid Social
Security number, The AP reported.
Anyone unable to provide a Social Security number can still get a
license as long as they provide a taxpayer identification number.