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State begins issuing free IDs for voting

Posted January 2, 2014 5:19 p.m. EST
Updated January 2, 2014 5:32 p.m. EST

— Voters in North Carolina will not have to show photo identification at the polls until 2016, but the state Division of Motor Vehicles began issuing free photo ID cards Thursday to those who don't have other forms of identification. 

The photo ID requirement was part of a sweeping 2013 election reform bill, which also set new parameters on early voting and changed dozens of other voting and campaign rules. That law is now the subject of a lawsuit seeking to stop it from taking effect.

"To obtain a No-Fee Voter ID card, you must sign a declaration stating that you do not have a photo ID acceptable under" North Carolina law, reads a notice on the DMV website.  

Applicants will have to provide a valid Social Security number and provide other documents that verify their age and identity. Applications can be submitted at any DMV driver license office.