Obtaining A New North Carolina Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in North Carolina? We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. 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.

To get your drivers license in North Carolina, you’ll need to apply at your local DMV office. Here is how this process works:

Proof of Identity

In order to prove your identity, you must provide four of the following documents with your date of birth and full name to the DMV:

  • Birth certificate
  • Your original Social Security card
  • School documents such as a diploma
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Certified marriage certificate
  • NC Limited Driving Privilege
  • U.S. government documents
  • U.S. Veterans Universal Access card
  • Court documents

Proof of Social Security

You will need to show proof of Social Security by presenting one of the following documents: 

  • Social Security card (no metal cards)
  • 1099 Form
  • W-2 Form
  • Property tax record
  • DD-214 Form
  • Payroll record or pay stub
  • Social Security document reflecting the Social Security number
  • Military ID Card/Military Dependents card
  • Medicaid/Medicare card reflecting the Social Security number

Proof of Residency
If you are a U.S. citizen, you need to prove your residency with one of the following documents:

  • Any document issued by the State of North Carolina or federal government
  • Bank or corporate statement
  • Business letterhead correspondence
  • Housing documents, such as mortgage records
  • Bill statements
  • School records
  • Letter from homeless shelter

Proof of Liability Insurance
You need to provide insurance documents which can include:

  • DMV form DL-123
  • An original liability insurance policy binder
  • An insurance card that shows your name, policy number, issue and expiration date

You need to take the following tests. Study the driver’s handbook before taking your tests.

  • Vision
  • Traffic signs
  • Regulatory signs
  • Driver Knowledge
  • Take a road test to prove your skills

Class A, B, and C licenses are $4 per year.

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are moving to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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