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North Carolina voter registration guide

Last updated: July 10, 2020
  • You can register to vote in-person in North Carolina.
  • You can register to vote online in North Carolina.
  • You can register to vote by-mail in North Carolina.

North Carolina voter registration deadlines

  • In-person: 3 days before Election Day
  • By-mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day
  • Online: 25 days before Election Day

North Carolina voter registration rules

To register in North Carolina you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of North Carolina and the precinct in which you live for at least 30 days prior to Election Day
  • be 18 years of age by the day of the next general election
  • have your rights of citizenship restored if you have been convicted of a felony
  • not be registered or vote in any other county or state

Register to vote online in North Carolina

You can register to vote online if you have a North Carolina Driver License or DMV-Issued ID Card Number. If not, you can still register to vote by mail or in person.

Register to vote in North Carolina

  1. Review the “Voter registration rules” section above and check that you're eligible.
  2. Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  3. Box 6 - ID Number: Enter North Carolina driver’s license number. If you don't have a driver’s license, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you don't have either number, write "NONE" in the box.
  4. Box 7 - Choice of Party: You must register with a party to vote in that party’s primary unless that party allows unaffiliated voters to vote in its primary. If you indicate a political party that is not a qualified party, or indicate no party, you will be listed as “Unaffiliated”.
  5. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: You are required to fill in this box. However, your application will not be rejected if you fail to do so.
  6. Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
  7. Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
  8. Your voter registration form must be postmarked 25 days before Election Day

Double-check your North Carolina voter registration status

If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your North Carolina registration using the North Carolina voter registration lookup tool.


Need help registering to vote in North Carolina?

Your local election office is responsible for running elections in your area. You should contact your local election office if you have questions about registering to vote. Mail your voter registration form to your local election office for faster processing.

State election office

This is the state-wide agency that is ultimately responsible for North Carolina elections. You can mail your voter registration form to this address. For faster processing, mail your form to your local election office.

State Board of Elections  
P.O. Box 27255  
Raleigh, NC 27611‐7255