How do I get an ID?
This is a guide for people who want to help others get an ID for voting in NC by 2016. The ID require-
ment for voting is being challenged in court. The free ID from the NC Division of Motor Vehicles is called a "no-fee ID" or "voter ID." It is a non-driver's ID card. It will only be issued to voters who sign a declaration, under penalty of a felony, that they do not have one of the acceptable photo IDs listed below. (1/9/2014)
What If I Don't Have The Right ID?
You have two choices if you do not have an acceptable photo ID and you can not use the curbside
voting or religious exemption.
Get a "no-fee state ID." A voter who does not have an acceptable photo ID may apply for a free
non-driver's ID card from the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Some documents needed to get the ID may cost money, but two are free if you sign a statement that you are registered and need them to obtain a no-fee ID. The two are certified copies of a NC birth certificate and a NC marriage certificate (the completed marriage license).
No ID? Vote Absentee!
You can vote by mail and not show a photo ID. No excuse is needed to vote an absentee ballot by mail. You must use an
authorized form to request an absentee ballot. The form is on the website of the county and state boards of elections. On the form, you must include an identifying number (driver's license number or last 4 digits of your Social Security number) OR send in one of these with the request – a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or any government document with your name and current address. For more, see the State Board of Elections site: www.ncsbe.gov.
How to Get a "No-Fee" Photo ID?
Follow these rules for a free ID for voting. You need to take certain documents to a Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office and say, "I want to apply for a no-fee ID for voting." You may go to a DMV driver license office in any county; see the list at ncdot.gov/dmv/contact/.
This ID usually costs $10. To get it free, you must sign a sworn statement that you do not have one of the IDs listed earlier. Lying is a Class I felony.
To get the free ID, you must also be registered to vote or register when you apply. If you are registered, the DMV will verify your registration. Tip: Bring your registration card with you. If you are not registered to vote, you can register at the DMV.
You must show documents with your full name that prove your identity, age and residence.
You must also provide a valid Social Security Number. If DMV can't verify your SSN, you will need to provide a document that shows the number. DMV lists the documents it accepts for each purpose. Some may serve more than one purpose.
Note: DMV may let you sign an affidavit if you lack documents or, for example, have one with a maiden name.
Here are your choices:
Bring two documents from this list to prove your identity; at least one must show your date of birth:
- A driver's license or ID card from another state, less than 1 year expired (even without a photo)
- Original Social Security card.
- W-2 or 1099 tax document.
- Unexpired passport.
- Certified birth certificate or marriage certificate
- divorce decree, or court approval of a name or
- gender change or adoption from a government agency in US, US territory, Canada or Puerto Rico.
- NC school transcript or registration signed by a NC school official;
- diploma/GED from a NC school.
- Unexpired military ID, DD-2, DD-214, Military Dependents Card, or Veteran Universal Access card
- Limited driving privilege issued by a NC court that is less than one year expired.
- Valid document from Dept. of Homeland Security or US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Motor vehicle record from NC or another state
- US court document for child support, arrest, etc
Bring one of these that shows your street address:
- Any document issued by the government (local, state or federal agency) including a license, bill,registration card, tax notice, letter or order.
- Utility bill, including cable or cell phone.Housing lease, mortgage statement.
- Preprinted financial statement, like W-2 or 1099
- Official school record (not a report card).
- NC vehicle insurance policy.
- Letter from homeless shelter
- After you present the necessary documents, you will
leave the DMV with a provisional ID. You should
receive your photo ID within 6 to 8 weeks.