Registered North Carolina voters do not need to show ID at the polls to vote, except for some first-time voters.
If you did not provide the required info on your voter registration form, you may complete your registration by presenting photo or non-photo ID at the polls or with your absentee ballot.
Sometimes poll workers are confused and will ask for ID for voting. Voters may also be confused and believe that they cannot vote without ID. VoteRiders can help with up-to-date resources and free assistance to help you with NC voter ID questions.
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. For any questions about North Carolina voting requirements, call or text VoteRiders’ Voter ID Helpline: 844-338-8743.
NORTH CAROLINA IDS FOR VOTING AS OF JANUARY 2020
ID for First Time Voters (Federal Requirements)
First-time voters, including those who have not voted in a previous Federal election or who have never voted in their county of residence in a Federal election, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.
Voter registration requires in this order:
- Current driver’s license number, OR
- Last 4 digits of social security number, OR
- State-assigned unique number
If haven’t provided above and vote in person, show a current:
- Photo ID, OR
- Copy of utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document including check*
If haven’t provided above and vote by mail, provide a copy of current:
- Photo ID, OR
- Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document including check*
* shows voter’s name and address