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Proving Age & Identity

​The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles recognizes the documents below as proof of age and identity. No photocopies or altered documents will be accepted.

Note: An individual's name must match one of the documents below otherwise they must provide a proof of name change, such as a certified marriage license or certificate, divorce decree or document from the courts or Register of Deeds.

​Document Type​Acceptable Documents​Notes
​Birth certificate
  • Acceptable for REAL ID
  • Must be issued by a government agency in the United States, a U.S. territory or Canada
  • Photocopies not allowed unless certified by the issuing agency
​U.S. passport
  • Valid, unexpired passport from the United States
  • ​Acceptable for REAL ID
Valid, unexpired foreign passport
  • Valid, unexpired passport from any nation
  • Acceptable for REAL ID
  • Must be accompanied by an affixed valid, unexpired U.S. visa and I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
​REAL ID
  • A valid, unexpired REAL ID driver license or identification card issued from a REAL ID compliant state
  • ​Acceptable for REAL ID
​Motor vehicle driver's record
  • Certified or non-certified North Carolina Motor Vehicle Record
  • Certified out-of-state motor vehicle record
  • ​Not acceptable for REAL ID
​School documents
  • North Carolina school transcript or registration signed by a school official
  • Diploma or GED from a North Carolina school, community college or university
  • Not acceptable for REAL ID
  • Driver education certificates, driving eligibility certificates and report cards are unaccepted as proof of identification

​U.S. military ID
  • Valid unexpired U.S. military ID, including DD-2, DD-214
  • U.S. Military Dependents Card
  • U.S. Veteran Universal Access Card
  • Not acceptable for REAL ID
​North Carolina Limited Driving Privilege
  • ​Must be issued by a North Carolina court
  • Cannot be expired more than one year
  • ​Not acceptable for REAL ID
​U.S. government documents
  • Valid, unexpired documents issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • An expired immigration document may be valid if accompanied by a letter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services extending the expiration date (e.g., I-797)
  • ​Not acceptable for REAL ID
​Court documents
  • ​Official divorce decree
  • Court order for change of name or gender
  • Adoption papers
  • Certified court order for child support

  • Not acceptable for REAL ID
  • ​Court documents from U.S. jurisdiction, U.S. territories or Canada


8/21/2018 11:04 AM

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