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N.C. Voter Identification Law

Today is Primary Election Day in North Carolina and also the first election cycle where the new North Carolina Voter Identification law will be enforced. Here's what you need to know before heading out to the polls today.

Most voters will be required to show a valid form of photo identification. Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • North Carolina Drivers License or Permit

  • Expired (by no more than 4 years) North Carolina Drivers License or Permit

  • North Carolina Identification Card

  • Expired (by no more than 4 years) North Carolina Identification Card

  • United States Passport or Passport Card

  • Military Identification Card

  • Veteran's Identification Card

  • Tribal Enrollment Cards issued by North Carolina-recognized tribes (i.e. Lumbee Tribe) that have an expiration date, are unexpired and are approved by the State Board of Elections.

  • Tribal Enrollment Cards issued by federally-recognized tribes that have an expiration date and are unexpired OR have an issuance date and were issued within the last eight years.

  • FOR VOTERS OVER 70-YEARS-OLD ONLY: Any form acceptable photo identification regardless of expiration date, so long as the identification expired before their 70th birthday.

Voters who are unable to get an accecptable photo identification or who forget their identification still have options:

  • A person who was unable to obtain a valid photo ID due to a "reasonable impediment" (such as, lack of proper documentation, illness, work or other reasons) can still vote a provisional ballot. He or she must sign a declaration describing their reasonable impediment and provide either 1) their date of birth and the last four digits of their social security number OR 2) their current voter registration card OR 3) an acceptable document with their name and address, such as utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.

  • A person who forgets his or her acceptable photo ID can still vote a provisional ballot as long as he or she bring their valid photo ID to the County Board of Elections before noon on the day before their county board canvasses the election.

For more information, visit or the Voter Outreach Team at 1-866-522-4723.

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