Duke Student Voter ID Card

North Carolina voters are now required to provide photo identification when voting in-person or by absentee ballot. The North Carolina Board of Elections approved Duke University’s Student Voter ID Card in 2023 as a valid form of identification when voting. The Duke Student Voter ID Card is a physical card, separate from the DukeCard, and will be provided to Duke students for free upon request. Students must fill out this form to request a Duke Student Voter ID Card.

REQUEST A DUKE STUDENT VOTER ID CARD

Students who received a card in the fall do not need to request a new card for the 2024 elections. The Duke Student Voter ID Card is offered in addition to other types of identification permitted by state law for use by voters. The North Carolina Board of Elections has information on how North Carolina residents–including Duke students registered to vote in North Carolina–can secure a free voter photo ID through the county board of elections and information on other acceptable forms of ID.

The Duke Student Voter ID Card is not a voter registration card. If you wish to use this card to vote in North Carolina, you must be eligible and registered to vote in North Carolina. For more information on registering to vote in North Carolina as a Duke student, visit our “Voting in North Carolina” page.

Card request deadline and pickup events:

  • Complete the form by Sunday, February 4th to pick up your card on Wednesday, February 7th (BC Plaza on West Campus from 1pm-4pm)
  • Complete the form by Sunday, February 11th to pick up your card on Wednesday, February 14th (BC Plaza on West Campus from 1pm-4pm and Marketplace on East Campus from 5pm-7pm) or Thursday, February 15th (2pm-4pm on BC Plaza)
  • Complete the form by Sunday, February 18th to pick up your card on Wednesday, February 21st (BC Plaza on West Campus from 1pm-4pm and Marketplace on East Campus from 5pm-7pm)
  • Complete the form by Sunday, February 25th to pick up your card on Wednesday, February 28th (BC Plaza on West Campus from 1pm-4pm)

Students must bring their mobile DukeCard or driver’s license to prove their identity when picking up their Duke Student Voter ID Card. The pickup process should take less than a minute. Unclaimed cards will be brought to the next card pickup event. Students who are unable to pick up their card at a designated event will receive additional information via email with instructions on how to claim it. Please contact dukevotes@duke.edu with any questions.

More information on North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement can be found on this infosheet from the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request a Duke Voter ID?

Please fill out this form to request a Duke Student Voter ID Card. You will need to enter your name, Duke email, and Duke Unique ID number.

Do I need to submit a new photo for my Duke Voter ID?

You do not need to submit a new photo for your Duke Voter ID. Your Duke Voter ID will display the same picture used on your DukeCard.  You must have a photo in the DukeCard system to obtain a Duke Voter ID.

Where do I get my Duke Student Voter ID Card?

Duke Student Voter ID Cards will be available for pickup on the following dates:

  • Complete the form by Sunday, February 4th to pick up your card on Wednesday, February 7th (BC Plaza on West Campus from 1pm-4pm)
  • Complete the form by Sunday, February 11th to pick up your card on Wednesday, February 14th (BC Plaza on West Campus from 1pm-4pm and Marketplace on East Campus from 5pm-7pm) or Thursday, February 15th (11am-1pm on BC Plaza)
  • Complete the form by Sunday, February 18th to pick up your card on Wednesday, February 21st (BC Plaza on West Campus from 1pm-4pm and Marketplace on East Campus from 5pm-7pm)
  • Complete the form by Sunday, February 25th to pick up your card on Wednesday, February 28th (BC Plaza on West Campus from 1pm-4pm)

Additional details about card pickup opporwill be communicated to card requestors via email.

Can I get a Duke Voter ID without completing the request form?

You will need to complete the request form before a Duke Voter ID can be created for you.

What do I need to bring with me when I pick up my Duke Voter ID?

You must bring your DukeCard or driver’s license or be able to show your mobile credential on your smart phone to prove your identity for card pickup.

Will my Duke Voter ID expire?

Yes. Your Duke Voter ID expires five years (60 months) from the date the card was printed.

Is the Duke Voter ID the same as my DukeCard?

No. The Duke Voter ID is not a replacement for your DukeCard. The Duke Voter ID does not provide any access to campus facilities or services. It is not to be used for identification except as Duke-issued voter identification.

What forms of ID are acceptable when voting?

Any of the following that is unexpired, or expired for one year or less:

  • North Carolina driver’s license
  • State ID from the NCDMV for NC residents (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
  • 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

Any of the following, regardless of whether the ID contains an expiration or issuance date:

  • 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 program
Do I need to show proof of ID if I vote by mail?

Yes. Voters who vote by mail must include a photocopy of an acceptable ID inside the “photo ID envelope” that comes with their ballot.

What if I don’t have an ID when I go to vote?

You may proceed in one of the following ways:

  • Vote with an ID Exception Form and a provisional ballot, or
  • Vote with a provisional ballot and return to their county board of elections office with their photo ID by the day before county canvass. (For municipal elections in September and October, this deadline is the Monday following Election Day. For all other elections, the deadline is the second Thursday following Election Day.)
What is the North Carolina law that allows me to use the Duke Voter ID to vote?

North Carolina State Board of Elections Resources