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:
Renewing a State ID
Individuals can renew their state ID card up to six months before it expires at
any NCDMV driver license office. Online renewal is not available for ID cards.
No-Fee ID Cards
IDs are available at no cost for qualified customers.
|No-fee ID |
North Carolina residents who are either:
- Legally blind
- At least 17 years old
- 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 disabilities||North Carolina residents diagnosed with a developmental disability|
– 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
Homebound customer requests are NOT being scheduled at this time for the health safety of customers and staff.