The Republican-led NC legislature has enacted a law requiring that voters show a Photo ID when voting.

    Showing Photo ID to vote is new for us, but really not that big of a deal.

    Here’s the bottom line:

    • If you have a Photo ID (usually an NC driver’s license) make sure you bring it when you vote
    • If you don’t have a Photo ID (see list of acceptable IDS below). It’s easy to get one … AND THEY’RE FREE!  
    • There are several exceptions to the rule (see list at bottom of page)
    • FREE PHOTO VOTER ID cards with be available both at DMV locations in Gaston County, and at the Elections Office (410 W. Franklin, Gastonia)
    • Go ahead NOW and make sure you have an acceptable Voter ID or an allowed exception.

    If you have questions, call the Elections Office (they’re helpful and friendly) at 704-852-6005.

    Or call or email us at:


    Phone or Text:‪ (980) 285-2503

    Here are the acceptable IDs:  (more information at:

    • North Carolina driver’s license
    • 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 within 90 days of the election)
    • U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport card
    • North Carolina voter photo ID card issued by a county board of elections (available soon)
    • College or university student ID approved by the State Board of Elections
    • State or local government or charter school employee ID approved by the State Board of Elections
    • Military or veterans ID card issued by the U.S. government
    • Tribal enrollment card issued by a tribe recognized by the State or federal government
    • ID card issued by an agency of the U.S. government or the State of North Carolina for a public assistance progra


    Here are the allowable exceptions:  (there’s a form to fill out, check for more information)

      • Lack of transportation
      • Disability or illness
      • Lack of birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain ID
      • Work schedule
      • Family responsibilities
      • Lost or stolen photo ID
      • Photo ID applied for but not yet received
      • (For mail voters only) Unable to attach a copy of photo ID
      • Other reasonable impediment (if selected, the voter must write the reason on the form)
    1. The voter has a religious objection to being photographed.
    2. The voter was a victim of a natural disaster within 100 days before Election Day.