North Carolina ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Governor Cooper has signed into law legislation which will require voters casting absentee ballots to have only one witness sign their ballot envelope (two witnesses or a notary were required previously).

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered North Carolina voter can vote absentee. No excuse is required.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. However, you must provide your North Carolina driver license or non-operator identification card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your ballot must match other signatures on file. An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two non-prohibited witnesses.

Last update:  June 17, 2020

Hannah Piercey