ABOVE: A look at five key things to know about changes to voting laws in North Carolina, including voter ID.

Facts on North Carolina's new voter ID law

Beginning in 2016, North Carolina voters will be required to show government-issued photo identification when voting in person.

Acceptable forms of photo ID in 2016 will be:

  • N.C. driver's license, learner's permit or provisional license
  • N.C. special ID card for non-drivers
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. military or veterans ID
  • Tribal card from federally or state recognized tribe

  • Out-of-state driver's license (only valid if voter registration occurred within 90 days of the election)

All IDs must not be expired when voting in 2016, except that voters over 70 will be able to present an acceptable, expired ID so long as it was unexpired on the voter's 70th birthday. Military and veterans' IDs will also be acceptable even if expired. Learn more about the voter ID law

Voters will NOT be required to show a photo ID when voting during the 2014 or 2015 elections.

During the 2014 and 2015 elections, poll workers will provide information to voters about the upcoming voter ID requirement, in order to help all voters prepare for when the ID requirement goes into effect in 2016.

Beginning in 2014, North Carolina voters who do not already have an acceptable ID can get one for free from the DMV. Learn how