Voter Registration Information

Are you eligible to vote?

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day. You may register to vote at age 17, provided you will be 18 on or before Election Day.
  • A resident of the city or township where you are applying to register to vote. 
  • Not be serving a felony sentence, including any period of probation, post-release supervision, or parole.
Note: An inactive voter is still a registered voter. A voter who is inactive status will be asked to confirm their addresses when they appear to vote. No special document is required.
Where Can College Students Register? A college or university student may register and vote in the county where they go to school if the student is physically present in the school community and does not intend to return to his or her former home after graduation. However, if the student intends to return to their former home after graduation, then they should remain registered in their hometown. If the student does not know where he or she will go after college, they may register in their college community or remain registered at home. If a student registers at his or her school address, that registration cancels any previous registration.
Should I Register to Vote Using My Permanent Address or Campus Address? You can only vote in one place. Decide either to vote using your permanent address or your school address, and vote at that location. Each student’s situation is different. If you’re from out-of-state, learn about any potential limitations or requirements in your home state and North Carolina by using the Student Voting Guide State
before deciding to register using your school address. This guide can also provide you with voting deadlines specific to your state.

Ways to Register to Vote

If you’re eligible to register to vote, North Carolina offers two primary ways to register:

Online or in person at the DMV.

    1. Use N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) services. Existing DMV customers may submit a voter registration application online. Learn more at Complete Your Registration Online Through the DMV.
    2. Note: Certain agencies, including the DMV, are required to offer voter registration services. For more information, visit the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) page.

By mail.

    1. Fill out the English N.C. Voter Registration Application (fillable PDF) or the Spanish N.C. Voter Registration Application (fillable PDF) and submit it by mail. Learn more at Complete Your Registration by Mail.
    2. Note: The federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) allows certain voters an expedited means to register and vote by mail-in ballot. Find more information at Military and Overseas Voting.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections recognizes any of the following forms of identification that are unexpired, or expired for one year or less:
  • North Carolina driver’s license
  • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport card
  • State ID from the NCDMV (also called “non-operator ID”)
  • Driver’s license or non-driver ID from another state, District of Columbia or U.S. territory (only if voter registered in North Carolina)
Voting Using an Absentee Ballot
Use this link to absentee vote
My State Requires My Absentee Ballot to Be Signed By a Notary.
Where Can I Find a Notary on Campus?
Contact Mrs. Larraine Abbott at 919-497-3226 for more information on Notary Services.