The DMV has begun issuing free photo identification cards in preparation for the implementation of voter ID requirements in 2016.

In order to obtain an ID free of charge, residents must sign a declaration stating that they do not have an acceptable form of ID and provide a valid social security number and other documents. No-fee cards are also available to residents who are legally blind, at least 70 years old, homeless, or lacking a driver license due to disability or disease. The Voter Identification Verification Act requires homeless people to submit documentation from the director of a facility or shelter verifying that they are in fact homeless.

Press release from the NC DMV:

RALEIGH — In accordance with a new state law passed during the 2013 legislative session, the State of North Carolina will begin issuing no-fee voter identification cards on January 2.

Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to have a valid photo ID to cast a ballot when voting in person. A list of photo ID that will be acceptable for voting is available on the State Board of Elections’ website. No-fee ID cards are available for people who have no other valid forms of photo identification.

Applications for no-fee voter ID cards can be made at any North Carolina DMV driver license office. Applicants will need to present documents that verify their age and identity. Applicants will also need to provide a valid Social Security number. NCDMV has posted the requirements and documents acceptable for the Voter ID card on its website. Voter ID cards are mailed to applicants within 10 to 15 days following application.

Under the leadership of Commissioner Kelly Thomas, the Division of Motor Vehicles conducted five rehearsals and training sessions over the past three weeks for all examiners and information technology personnel to ensure the examiners and IT professionals are trained in the procedures to issue voter identification to all North Carolinians seeking that form of ID.

More information on how to obtain a no-fee ID here.

Acceptable forms of photo ID: