North Carolina

Registered voters do not need to provide an ID when they vote in person, except for some first-time voters.

You need to provide ID information when you apply to vote by mail.

Note: North Carolina’s voter ID law is currently under litigation. VoteRiders is tracking developments closely and will post updates as new court decisions or regulations come into effect.

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in North Carolina

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in North Carolina

Is an expired ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in North Carolina

COVID-19 UPDATE

Governor Cooper signed a new law that will require voters to have only one witness sign their absentee ballot envelope. Two witnesses or a notary were required previously.

North Carolina ID Requirements for Voting In Person

AS OF JANUARY 2020

You do not need to show ID when you vote in person.

Unless: It is your first time voting in a federal election in North Carolina. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators. Review federal ID requirements for first-time voters.

North Carolina ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Any registered North Carolina voter can request an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

You need to provide ID information when you apply to vote by mail.

Unless: It is your first time voting in a federal election in North Carolina. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators. Review federal ID requirements for first-time voters.

Your absentee ballot will not be counted unless it has the signature of one witness or an authorized official.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must provide one of the following:

  • North Carolina driver’s license number
  • North Carolina non-operator ID card number
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number.

Voters who did not provide one of these ID numbers when they registered must vote in person.

No, but the signature on your ballot must match other signatures on file.

Your absentee ballot also requires the signature of one witness or an authorized official.