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North Carolina offers online voter registration to existing customers of the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. You can register by mail to vote in North Carolina by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.


Who can register to vote?

To register in North Carolina you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • live in the county where you are registering, and have resided there for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election
  • be 18 years old by the day of the next General Election. You may pre-register to vote if you are at least 16 years old. You may vote in a primary election if you will be 18 years old at the time of the General Election
  • not be in jail or prison for a felony conviction

Can I register to vote online?

  • North Carolina offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need a North Carolina driver’s license or DMV-issued ID number AND a social security number to use North Carolina’s online voter registration system. If you don't have these, you can still register by mail to vote. NOTE: Existing DMV customers may register to vote, update their voter registration address, or update their party affiliation. They may not change their name.

Can I submit voter registration forms by mail?

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 - ID Number: Provide your North Carolina driver's license number, or North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles ID number. If you do not have a driver's license, then list the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have neither a North Carolina driver license, North Carolina DMV ID card or a social security number and you are registering to vote for the first time in North Carolina, attach a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address to this application.
  3. Box 7 - Choice of Party: North Carolina does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. If you do not affiliate with a party you may choose to participate in the Democratic, Libertarian, or Republican party primary, or you may request a non-partisan ballot, if available. If you choose to register with a party you can only vote in that party's primary.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Completing this box is optional.
  5. Review the "Who can register to vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election office
  8. If you registered to vote for the first time and did not provide a North Carolina driver license number or last four digits of your Social Security number on your registration application, or you provided a number that could not be validated, you will be required to show proof of identification. Proof of identification includes:
    • Current and valid photo identification
    • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address
    • More information here.

Can I register to vote on Election Day?

North Carolina does not offer registration on Election Day. You may register and vote in person at the same time during the early voting period using a One Stop Early Voting Location in your county.

You may also register on Election Day if you become a U.S. citizen or have your rights restored following a felony conviction after the regular voter registration deadline.

Can I submit voter registration forms in person?


What are key deadlines for the November 2022 election?

Registration deadlines

Absentee ballot deadlines

Voting deadlines


How do I get help registering to vote?

If you’d like more help planning how to register, TurboVote can walk you through the process! They can also help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more.

How do I vote if I'm in the military or live overseas?

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your local election office for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your local election office may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your local election office.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your local election office first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program offers additional information on military and overseas voting in North Carolina. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE (8683) or email vote@fvap.gov

How can I check my voter registration status?

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using North Carolina's voter registration lookup tool.


Can I trust this information?

These guides are researched, written, and updated by Democracy Works, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. The information in these guides originates from official state sources and is reviewed by state election offices. The guides also link to authoritative state and local resources to provide additional information.

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