Acceptable ID Types for North Carolina
Voters in North Carolina do not need to show ID at the polls to vote, except for some first-time voters who did not provide required ID information on their voter registration form.
In December 2019 the court blocked North Carolina's voter ID law for the primary election cycle. Stay tuned for updates on additional rulings and voter ID requirements in North Carolina. At this time registered voters in North Carolina do not need to show ID at the polls or by-mail to vote except for first-time voters who did not provide required ID information on their voter registration form.
Accepted forms of ID include:
- Photo ID or
- Utility bill, bank statement, pay check or government document/check with voter's name and address
Voter ID Details
If this is your first time voting and you registered to vote by mail, you will need to provide identification. We recommend a photo ID with your current address or an official piece of mail with your current address
Voter ID & Voting By Mail
First time voters must submit ID when voting by mail.
ID is required with completed mail-in ballot.
If a voter is requesting to vote by mail they must submit North Carolina driver's license or state ID number, or last four digits of their social security number. ID does not need to be sent when returning a ballot in the mail, but the signature on the ballot will be checked against the signature on the voter registration form. Absentee ballots will not be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of 2 non-prohibited witnesses.
What happens when you go to vote without an ID
You can vote using a provisional ballot.
Trans and Non-Binary Voters
Click here for state specific information for updating your ID and voter registration.