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Beginning in 2016 , North Carolina will require voters to show a photo identification (photo ID) when they vote in-person.


  • NC Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit, or Provisional License (may be expired up to 4 years)
  • Special Identification card (NC DMV ID Card) (may be expired up to 4 years)
  • US Passport
  • US Military Identification card
  • Tribal enrollment card issued by a federally-recognized tribe Tribal enrollment card issued by a NC-recognized tribe, signed by an elected tribal official, and compliant with G.S. § 163-166.13
  • Out-of-state driver’s license or non-operator’s identification card (BUT only if the voter registers to vote in the county within 90 days of the election)
  • US Veterans Identification card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs


Where do I get a free DMV ID card?

Go to your local North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or visit a mobile DMV office to obtain a free DMV ID card. To obtain this free NC DMV ID, voters will need to present DMV with documents to prove age and identity, residency, and also provide a valid Social Security number.

What do I need to bring to get a free NC DMV ID card?

1)Two documents that prove the voter’s age and identity (examples: a birth certificate, court documents, tax forms, certain school records);

2) A valid Social Security number; and

3) A document to prove the voter’s North Carolina residency (examples: a lease, voter registration card, utility bill, or a letter from a homeless shelter).

What does the free NC DMV ID card look like?

The DMV ID card will look identical to all NC DMV issued special identification cards

To view a complete list of acceptable documents to obtain a free NC DMV ID card, please visit

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