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How to Register to Vote

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There are several ways that you can register to vote. First, check to see if you are registered at your current address!

Register in person

At the office of your local board of elections

You may register in person at the office of your local board of election. To find the address of your local board of election go to NCSBE’s County Board of Elections lookup tool.

At other agencies where you get services

You can ask to register to vote any any of the following agencies:

  • The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV)
  • Departments of Social Services (DSS)
  • Departments of Public Health (WIC)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation offices
  • Departments of Services for the Blind
  • Departments of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Departments of Mental Health Services
  • Employment Security Commission (ESC)

These agencies have certain requirements to help people register to vote. They must:

  • Make voter registration forms available
  • Help you complete the voter registration form if you need help
  • Mail your completed registration form if you ask them to

After you register, you should get a voter registration card in the mail within two weeks. If it does not come within two weeks, call the State Board of Elections at 919-733-7173. You also can check the State Board of Elections website to see if you have been registered.

Same day registration during early voting

During early voting you may register and vote on the same day in person at any early voting site in your county. To find your county’s early voting sites go to NCSBE’s Early Voting Site Locator.

Register by mail

You can also complete a registration form at home and mail the completed form to your county’s Board of Elections.

Register online

  1. Go to https://payments.ncdot.gov/
  2. Click on Continue to myNCDMV Services
  3. Click on Continue as Guest
  4. Scroll to Voter Registration Application
  5. Click on Submit a Voter Registration Application
  6. Answer the questions (includes license/id number, social security number and date of birth)View flyer

What to expect after you register

You should get a voter registration card in the mail within two weeks. If it does not come within two weeks, call the State Board of Elections at 919-733-7173. You also can check the State Board of Elections website to see if you have been registered.

What to do if you have problems

If you are qualified to vote but are denied the right to register, you can report it. 

1. If anyone or any agency violates your voting rights, report it to your local County Board of Elections.

2. You can also call the State Board of Elections at 919-733-7173.

Call DRNC if you need help reporting voting rights violations.

Additional advocacy resources

Access the Vote NC – DRNC’s voting project

Democracy NC

Call for help anytime: 1-888-OUR-VOTE

During Early Voting and on Election Day:

Spanish/English:
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682)

Arabic/English:
1-844-YallaUS (844-925-5287)

Asian Languages/English:
1-888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)
Available Languages: Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Bengali, Urdu/Hindi, Tagalog

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