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Acceptable Photo Voter IDs (and Exceptions) in 2020

Beginning in 2020, North Carolina voters will be asked to provide photo ID when voting in-person or by mail, with some exceptions.

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Acceptable Photo IDs for Voting in 2020

  • NC Driver’s License or NC NonOperator Card Issued by DMV (Must not be expired OR expired for one year or less).
  • NC Voter ID Card (Must not be expired OR expired for one year or less). Get it at your county BOE.
  • Driver’s License or Non-Operator Card from Other State, D.C. or US Territory (Voter must have registered in NC within 90 days of the election).
  • Tribal Enrollment Card (Must be issued by a federally-recognized or state-approved tribe).
  • Approved NC College/Community College or University Student ID (No expiration date is required in 2020. Click here for a list of approved Student IDs).
  • Approved State/Local Government or Charter School Employee ID (No expiration date is required in 2020. Click here for a list of approved Employee IDs).
  • Military ID Card or Veterans ID Card (May be expired or have no expiration date).
  • U.S. Passport or Passport Card (Must not be expired OR expired for one year or less).
  • For voters age 65 and older: You may use any photo ID listed above that has been expired for any length of time, provided the ID expired after your 65th birthday.

If you have a photo ID, take it to the polls. If you don’t, you can still vote.

How to Vote Without Photo ID in 2020

All registered voters* will be allowed to vote with or without a photo ID. You can vote with a provisional ballot if you do not have acceptable photo ID. A provisional ballot will count if:

  1. You bring an acceptable photo ID to the county board of elections (BOE) by the day of canvass — typically 10 days after Election Day; OR
  2. You sign an affidavit when you vote declaring you have a qualifying exception from the requirement to show photo ID to vote.*

*Exceptions to Vote Without Photo ID in 2020: Š

You have a “reasonable impediment” that prevents you from presenting a photo ID when you vote in person or from enclosing a copy of your ID when you vote absentee by mail. Types of impediments include: 

  • lack of transportation 
  • disability or illness 
  • lack of birth certificate or other necessary documents 
  • work schedule 
  • family responsibilities 
  • lost or stolen ID 
  • photo ID applied for but not yet received Š
  • you have a religious objection to being photographed; or Š
  • you survived a natural disaster occurring within 100 days of the election.

For more information about how to vote in 2020, visit ncvoter.org or call out toll-free hotline, 1-888-OUR-VOTE.