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How to Apply for a North Carolina Identification Card

The North Carolina Department of Transport and Division Motor Vehicle (DMV) issues non-driver identification cards to State residents who don't have an valid ID card, driver license or instruction permit from the State or any other jurisdiction. The ID card can be used to prove your identity, age, and residence in a variety of situations. The identification card is valid for five or eight years, and expires on your birthday five or eight years after it was issued.

APPLYING FOR A NORTH CAROLINA ID CARD

  1. Locate the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper identification.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one or provide valid US Government issued documents establishing your legal presence.
  4. Provide proof of North Carolina residence. You need to notify the local office of any change in address or name.
  5. Provide additional information if you are below 18 years of age.
  6. Pay the ID card application fee, currently $10, by cash or check. The North Carolina DMV does not accept payments by credit or debit card. Confirm the location with your local DMV Office.
  7. You must also surrender any valid driver license or instruction permit issued by the state of North Carolina or any other jurisdiction.

RENEWING A NORTH CAROLINA ID CARD

  1. Locate the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper identification.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one or provide valid US Government issued documents establishing your legal presence.
  4. Provide proof of North Carolina residence. You need to notify the local office of any change in address or name.
  5. Pay the ID card replacement fee, currently $10. The North Carolina DMV does not accept payments by credit or debit card. Confirm the location with your local DMV Office.

REPLACING A LOST, STOLEN, OR DESTROYED ID CARD

You may be issued a replacement identification card or a duplicate if your original ID card has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or within 60 days if you have had a name or address change.

  1. Locate the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Provide proof of North Carolina residence. You need to notify the local office of any change in address or name.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one or provide valid US Government issued documents establishing your legal presence.
  4. Provide proof of North Carolina residence. You need to notify the local office of any change in address or name.
  5. If your name has changed, you must provide an updated SSN with the necessary changes. For that you need to contact Social Security Administrative office.
  6. Pay the ID card replacement fee, currently $10. The North Carolina DMV does accept payments by credit or debit card (MasterCard and Visa) if you request a replaced ID online.
  7. If you are 70 years and over, you are exempted from paying the duplicate ID card fee.
  8. The duplicate ID Card should reach you within 10 working days of the date of application.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Former State residents moving back to North Carolina may be eligible to apply for a renewal or replacement ID card, depending on the validity of their original identification card.
  • See also Applying for a New License.
  • See also Change of Address.
 

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