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The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles offers identification cards for customers who require a photo ID but do not require a driver license. Under North Carolina law, holders of these non-operator IDs are not permitted to operate a motor vehicle.

When applying for an ID card for the first time, an individual must visit an NCDMV driver license office with the following documents:


North Carolina issues ID cards from a central location and mails them to applicants within 20 days.

No-Fee ID Cards

The cost for a standard non-operator ID card is $13, but IDs are available at no cost for qualified customers.

Card Type Qualifying Recipients Additional Requirements
No-fee ID

North Carolina residents who are either:

  • Legally blind
  • At least 17 years old
  • Homeless
  • Had a license that was canceled because of a disability or disease
  • Individuals who are legally blind must present a letter from a physician or the director of the N.C. Division of Services for the Blind.
  • Individuals who are homeless must present a letter from the director of a facility that provides care or shelter to the homeless that verifies that the person is homeless.
No-fee ID for citizens with developmental disabilitiesNorth Carolina residents diagnosed with a developmental disability
  • Individuals – or their legal guardian –must complete an Application for Identification Card.
  • Applicants must have their primary care providers complete the form's Physician Section or sign a letter certifying that the applicant has a developmental disability.

Homebound Customer Requests

Residents who want to obtain an ID card but are unable to appear at an NCDMV driver license office because of a severe disability may request homebound assistance by:

  • Completing the Homebound Customer Request form.
  • Calling Issuance Resolution at (919) 861-3030
  • Requesting by mail from the Issuance Resolution Unit, 3176 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27697-3176

To be eligible for homebound assistance, the resident must present a letter from a physician certifying that the resident is homebound and must, as described above, provide proof of age and identity, a valid Social Security number and proof of citizenship and residency. 

2/22/2019 5:10 PM

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