Must NOT be expired or expired for one year or less
May be expired or have no expiration date
A voter 65 or older may use an expired form of acceptable ID if the ID was unexpired on their 65th birthday – it’s good for life!
The address on your ID does not matter – the law says ID is only used to prove who you are, not where you live. (Make sure your voter registration matches your current address!)
Mail-in absentee voters must send a copy of an identity document with their ballot request or with the returned ballot OR an affidavit noting lack of access to a method to attach an electronic or physical copy of the identification card to the written request as a reasonable impediment.
NOTE: If you don’t have acceptable photo ID, you can vote a provisional ballot, but then you must take an acceptable ID to your county elections board by the day before election results are certified (canvass day, the Monday after Election Day for municipal elections). If you are unable to show photo ID (whether voting in person or by mail), you may fill out an ID Exception Form (also known as a reasonable impediment form) and vote a provisional ballot.
Check back for more information as it becomes available OR call the voter assistance hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE
(Updated as of September 2023)
If you will be eligible to vote by November 5, 2024 and do not have a current NC ID or driver license and would like to get one, you can get free help from our friends at VoteRiders! VoteRiders is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that provides free help to any eligible citizen* who needs an ID. They can help you get your ID/DL, including any underlying documents like a birth certificate or social security card, pay the birth certificate and DMV fees/costs (but not fines, reinstatement fees, insurance, etc.) and provide free transportation to/from the DMV and SSA offices.
You can contact VoteRiders through their website, email Helpline@VoteRiders.Org, interact with their Chatbot at VoteRiders.Org, or call or text their toll-free number 866-ID-2-VOTE (866-432-8683). One of their volunteers will call you back to start the process of getting an ID. All services are available in English and Spanish.
*VoteRiders also helps returning citizens who are not yet eligible due to ongoing parole or probation restrictions.
The voter ID law causes confusion whether or not it is the law of the land. Even after the voter ID law was overturned in the past, it continued to wreak havoc, deterring voters from the ballot box even after it had been stricken.
Voter ID has a direct and disparate impact on those in the Black and brown communities. Research has found that Black voters are more likely than white voters to lack a qualifying ID. In addition, voter ID laws have been shown to be an active deterrent to voting, particularly for Black and brown voters. It’s been shown that voters without ID are either unable to vote because they arrive at the polls without an ID, or more significantly, those without ID decide to not go to the polls in the first place as a result of the law.
The NC State Board of Elections needs sufficient funding to implement voter ID in NC. If North Carolinians are going to be forced to produce photo ID come this fall, the legislature should support implementation of these laws at ALL levels of election administration. Funds will help educate the public and prepare county boards and poll workers at nearly 3,000 voting sites across NC for the photo ID implementation (read more about funding elections in this report from the NC Budget and Tax Center).
The voter ID law is complex – it will be hard to administer and will be a barrier to some voters. Let’s overcome confusion, help people get an acceptable ID, and fight anti-voting laws with more voting!