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 & Legal Presence/Lawful Status

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

Birth Certificate

  • A certified birth certificate issued by a government agency in the United States 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 from another state with your full name.

Proof of Name Change

If your name is different from your birth certificate, passport, government documents or REAL ID, you must present one of these documents:

  • Certified marriage license or certified marriage certificate
  • Certified divorce decree
  • Document from the courts or Register of Deeds

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 Address

To provide proof of your current North Carolina address, you must present two of these documents:

  • Any document issued by North Carolina, county, city or the federal government
  • Any document issued by another state or government of another nation
  • Pre-printed bank statement or financial statement
  • Pre-printed business letterhead
  • Pay stub
  • Receipt for personal property taxes or real property taxes paid to a North Carolina county, city or town
  • Utility bill or cable bill
  • Housing lease or contract, mortgage statement, property or income tax statement
  • North Carolina vehicle registration card or title
  • North Carolina voter precinct card
  • North Carolina vehicle insurance policy
  • North Carolina school records
  • Letter from homeless shelter

Minors (individuals under 18 years old) may present the following:

  • Mailed correspondence from organizations (Boy Scouts/Girls Scouts, recreational teams, etc.)
  • North Carolina school records
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Lease or housing contract listing minor as an occupant
  • Tax records/returns listing minor as a dependent
  • Medical or hospital records
  • Hunting or fishing license
  • Social Security card stub showing current address
  • Pre-printed bank statement or financial records
  • Pre-printed business letterhead
  • Letter from homeless shelter