Obtain An Identification Card In North Carolina

Do you need to apply for a state ID in North Carolina? The ID card application doesn't have to be complicated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to know about getting an ID card and renewing an ID card. You will also learn how to replace your ID card in North Carolina or purchase a duplicate North Carolina ID card. Select from the options below to get started:

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.




Regardless of why you do not own a driver's license, you will still need to apply for an ID card for various reasons, ranging from leisure activities to travel. Getting an ID card in North Carolina is simple, and you should begin the ID card application process as soon as you are ready.

Obtaining a new ID card

To apply for an ID, first, you should plan a visit to your local DOT.

You will need to bring your Social Security card and $10 (cash, money order or personal check), along with:

  • Valid driver's license
  • Original or certified birth certificate
  • Social Security card
  • W-2 or 1099 tax form
  • Valid U.S. Military ID
  • Passport
  • Certified marriage certificate

You may also need additional forms of identification if one of the above documents does not contain a photo. For a list of these documents, click here.

What is a North Carolina state ID?

A state ID is an acceptable replacement for a drivers license typically used by minors, the elderly or by anyone who does not want a drivers license, but still needs identification in North Carolina. For more information on how to get an identification card in North Carolina, click here.

ID card renewal

A North Carolina state ID card currently has no expiration date. There is no need to renew your North Carolina ID card.

Replacement ID cards

If you have lost your ID card, or it has been stolen or severely damaged, you should look into replacing it immediately. A stolen ID card may even lead to identity theft, so it is crucial you replace your identification card as soon as possible. A lost identification card in North Carolina costs $10. The instructions for duplicate ID cards are similar, but be sure to bring everything you will need for your new ID card copy before you head to the DOT by clicking here.

For a list of related services, see below:

Obtain a new driver's license here.
Renew a driver's license here.
Replace a driver's license here.