Same-Day Registration

Eligible individuals who reside in a county but are not yet registered to vote there may register during the early voting period, sometimes called "one-stop early voting." After registering, the newly registered voter can immediately vote at that same site. This process is called “same-day registration.” When you check in to vote at an early voting site, you may also update your name or address within the same county if necessary.

To register using same-day registration, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements. For details, see Who Can Register. Voters registering during the early voting period must have resided in the county where they are registering for at least 30 days prior to Election Day.

Find details about early voting at Vote Early in Person.

Unsure if you are registered? Find out if you are already registered to vote by entering your information into the Voter Search.

How to Same-Day Register

Individuals may register and vote in person at any one-stop early voting site in their county. Find sites and schedules in your county during the early voting period at the One-Stop Early Voting Site Search. Please note that these change for each election, and the information is only available through the search tool once it is finalized.

Same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of where they live. A voter attests to their eligibility by completing and signing the North Carolina voter registration application (available in English or Spanish). The voter must prove their residence by showing any of the following documents with their current name and address:

  • North Carolina driver’s license.
  • Other photo identification issued by a government agency. Any government-issued photo ID is acceptable, provided that the card includes the voter’s current name and address.
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address.
  • A current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation. For additional guidance on acceptable proof of residence for college students, visit Registering as a College Student: During Early Voting.

Within two business days of the person’s registration, the county board of elections will verify the registrant’s driver’s license or Social Security number, update the voter registration database, search for possible duplicate registrations, and begin to verify the registrant’s address by mail. The registrant’s ballot will be counted unless the county board of elections determines that he or she is not qualified to vote in accordance with North Carolina law.