Gov. Mike Easley has signed a pair of bills into law intended to guard
against identity theft in North Carolina and address driving privileges.
One new law allows drivers between ages 18 and 53 to renew their
licenses for eight-year terms. The current renewal period is five years.
Younger drivers’ licenses will expire on their 21st birthday. Drivers
over the age of 53 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.
Another new law is intended to thwart identity thieves by requiring
residents in the state to provide a Social Security number to get a driver’s
Previously SB602, the new law changes 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.