Photo ID (Identification) Requirement

Photo Identification (ID) is NOW required for voting, by the North Carolina General Assembly. Voters will be asked to show photo ID when voting in North Carolina.

For most voters, they will simply show their driver’s license. But there are many other forms of acceptable Photo Identification (PDF). For detailed information and a list of acceptable ID’s, please visit

How to Get a Photo Identification (ID)

If you do not have one of the approved forms of photo identification required:

  • Any North Carolina (NC) resident can get a FREE non-driver’s ID card from the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV). Find more information under “No-Fee ID Cards” at State IDs | NCDMV.
  • Additionally, the Currituck County Board of Elections can issue FREE voter photo identification to registered voters in Currituck County .To be issued a free voter photo identification card from the Board of Elections, please call 252-232-2525 to make an appointment.

    The voter MUST provide their:

    • Full Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Last 4 digits of Social Security Number
    • Have your photo taken
Important Notice Regarding Photo ID’s by the NC State Board of Elections

Voters will now be asked to present a valid photo identification when voting in person. If you do not have a valid photo ID, you may obtain one from your county board of elections prior to the election, through the end of the early voting period.

If you do not have a valid photo ID on Election Day, you may still vote and have your vote counted by signing an affidavit of reasonable impediment (or “Photo ID Exception Form”) as to why you have not presented a valid photo ID. The Exception Form can also be used if you have a religious objection to being photographed or are a victim of a recently declared natural disaster.

As an alternative, if you don’t have your ID when you vote, you can still vote and then bring your valid photo ID to your county board of elections by 5 p.m. on the ninth day after Election Day.

If you vote by mail, then you must include a photocopy of a valid photo ID when returning your ballot. You may also complete the Absentee Photo ID Exception Form that is provided with your absentee ballot materials.

A list of all types of ID that can be used for voting is available on the State Board of Elections Voter ID webpage. For information on how to get a free ID, see Get a Free Voter Photo ID.

For detailed information, see the State Board of Elections