Real Id

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles accepts the following documents to verify identity and personal information for anyone applying for an N.C. REAL ID driver license or ID card.

Proof of Identity & Date of Birth

To prove your identity when applying for an N.C. REAL ID, present one of these documents listed below.

Note: If your name has changed and does not match one of the documents below, you must provide a proof of name change, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or document from the courts or Register of Deeds.

Birth Certificate

  • A certified birth certificate issued by a government agency in the United States, Puerto Rico or a U.S. territory
  • A U.S. Report of Consular Birth Abroad

Photocopies of those documents are not allowed unless they are certified by the issuing agency.

Passport

A valid, unexpired U.S. passport

U.S. Government Documents

Documents issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545)
  • Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
  • Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766 or I-688)
  • Unexpired foreign passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
  • Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570)
  • Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561)

REAL ID

A valid, unexpired REAL ID driver license or identification card issued from a REAL ID-compliant state.

Proof of Social Security Number

To provide proof of your Social Security number when applying for an N.C. REAL ID driver license or ID card, present one of these documents:

  • Social Security card
  • 1099 tax form with name and FULL Social Security number
  • W-2 form with name and FULL Social Security number
  • A pay stub with name and FULL Social Security number

Proof of North Carolina Residency

To provide proof of your current North Carolina residency when applying for an N.C. REAL ID driver license or ID card, present two of these documents:

  • Any document issued by North Carolina, county, city or the federal government
  • N.C. vehicle registration card or title
  • N.C. voter precinct card
  • Military orders/documents
  • Utility bill or cable bill
  • Housing lease or contract, mortgage statement, property or income tax statement
  • Preprinted financial statement
  • School records
  • N.C. vehicle insurance policy
  • Letter from homeless shelter

Proof of Legal Presence (Lawful Status)

To provide proof of your legal authorization to be in the U.S. when applying for an N.C. REAL ID driver license or ID card, non-U.S. citizens must present one of these documents:

  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545)
  • Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
  • Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766 or I-688B)
  • Unexpired foreign passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
  • Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or N-570)
  • Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or N-561)