Voter ID Requirements by State

For Registration and Casting a Ballot

What ID you need to bring to the polls varies by state. Find out what your state's ID requirements are below. If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

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If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Alaska

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Before being allowed to vote, you must present to the election official one of the following forms of identification:

  • An official voter registration card, a driver’s license, state identification card, current and valid photo identification, passport, hunting or fishing license; or
  • an original or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government issued document that exhibits the name and current address of the voter; or

if the election official knows your identity, he or she may waive the identification requirement.

VoteRiders has created Alaska voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Arizona

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Arizona law requires voters to provide ID, but it does not have to be photo ID. Here is the list of acceptable forms of identification:

List #1 - Sufficient Photo ID including name and the voter’s registered precinct address (One Required)

  • Valid Arizona driver’s license;
  • Valid Arizona non-operating identification card;
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification; or
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification. 

List #2 - Sufficient ID without a photograph that bears the voter’s name and registered precinct address (Two Required)

  • Utility bill of the voter that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television;
  • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election;
  • Valid Arizona vehicle registration;
  • Indian census card;
  • Property tax statement of the voter’s residence;
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Arizona vehicle insurance card;
  • Recorder's Certificate;
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder; or
  • Any mailing to the voter marked “Official Election Material.” 

List #3 - Mix & Match from Lists #1 & #2 (Two Required)

  • Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the voter’s registered precinct address, accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register;
  • U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2; or
  • U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2. 

Identification is valid unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

If you are unable to provide valid identification on Election Day, you should be provided with a conditional provisional ballot. The ballot will be valid and counted after you bring valid identification to your polling location before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day; to your County Recorder’s office within 10 calendar days after a general election that includes a federal office; or to your County Recorder’s office with five business days following any other election. Voters can find out whether their provisional votes were counted by checking the Secretary of State’s website.

VoteRiders has created Arizona voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Arkansas

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Although poll workers are required by law to ask voters to provide identification, you may choose not to show identification if you so wish. You are entitled to cast a regular ballot even if you choose not to provide identification, with one exception.

The only exception is (1) if this is your first time voting and (2) if you did not submit identification with your registration application (see above for “Identification Required for Registration”). If you did not submit identification with your voter registration application, then you must bring one of the forms of identification with you when you vote. If you forget to bring the identification, you are entitled to cast a provisional ballot.

VoteRiders has created Arkansas voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

California

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Most voters will not need to provide identification or proof of residency when they vote.  Usually, the ONLY time a voter in California is required to show any type of document before voting is if you:

  • Registered by mail or online;
  • Did not provide your driver’s license number, state identification number or last four digits of you social security number on your registration form; and
  • It is your first time voting on a federal election in this county.

In that instance, you may be asked for one of over 30 acceptable forms of identification or proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, utility bill or a check from the government.  If you are voting by mail you should include a copy of this identification or proof of residency with your ballot.  This does NOT have to be a photo ID.  If you do not have any of these documents to prove your identity or proof of residency, you can vote by provisional ballot, which will be counted if the signature on your ballot matches the signature on your registration form.  Be sure to ask an election official the deadline for providing your identification to the county elections office.

VoteRiders has created California voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Colorado

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

One of the following forms of ID is required to vote in person.  In addition, voters voting by mail for the first time who did not register online or show an ID when they registered may also need to provide a photocopy of their identification with their mail ballot.  If you receive a mail ballot and you are required to provide a photocopy of your ID, the ballot will be marked to indicate this requirement.

  • A valid Colorado driver’s license;
  • A valid identification card issued by the State of Colorado’s Department of Revenue;
  • A valid United States passport;
  • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the voter issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government or of Colorado, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado;
  • A valid pilot’s license issued by the FAA or other authorized agency of the United States;
  • A valid United States military identification card with a photograph of the voter;
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. “Current” means that the date of the document is within 60 days of the date it is submitted for ID purposes.
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood.
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly the United States Health Care Financing Administration);
  • A certified copy of a birth certificate for the voter issued in the United States;
  • Certified documentation of naturalization;
  • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in the State of Colorado;
  • A valid veteran identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans’ Health Administration with a photograph of the voter;
  • A valid ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership;
  • Verification that a voter is a person committed to the Department of Human Services and is eligible to register and vote.
  • A letter from the director or administrator of a group residential facility indicating that the elector resides at the facility and at the street address listed in the voter registration database;
  • A Division of Youth Corrections ID card issued by the Department of Human Services.

“Valid” means that the identification is current and has not expired.  If the identification shows an address, it must show a Colorado address.  

A voter that is unable to provide a valid form of identification is still entitled to cast a provisional ballot.  

VoteRiders has created Colorado voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Connecticut

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Valid forms of ID are:

(1) for voters who registered, by mail, to vote for the first time on or after January 1, 2003, who did not provide proof of identification and address at the time of registry,

  • Current and valid photo ID that includes the voter’s name and address, or
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address; and

(2) for all other voters,

  • Social Security card or any other preprinted form of identification which shows the elector’s name and either address, signature, or photograph; or
  • Signed statement on a form approved by the Secretary of the State detailing the voter’s residential address, date of birth and name.

Without one of these forms of identification, a voter is permitted to vote a challenged or provisional ballot.

VoteRiders has created Connecticut voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Delaware

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Photo identification is not required to vote in Delaware.  Upon entering the voting room, you will be asked to present identification, but if you do not have identification, you may sign an affidavit that you are the person listed on the voting rolls, and you will then be permitted to vote by regular ballot.  If your eligibility to vote at the applicable election district cannot be determined, you will be permitted to vote by provisional ballot.  In order for your provisional ballot to count, you must provide identification.

VoteRiders has created Delaware voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

District of Columbia

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

DC does not require identification to vote. However, some polling places require ID to enter the facility.  It is therefore encouraged that voters bring some form of identification with them to vote.

If it is your first time voting in federal elections in the district and you registered to vote by mail, you must present proof of residence, either at the time of registration, at the polling place, or when voting by mail.  Additionally, if you will be registering during the early voting period or at the polls on Election Day, you will need to provide proof of residence.  Individuals who fail to present this identification may vote by special ballot.

Valid forms of proof of residence include:

  • a copy of a current and valid government photo identification
  • a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or pay check that shows the name and address of the voter

VoteRiders has created Washington, DC voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Florida

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

To vote a regular ballot, the Florida clerk or inspector requires each elector, upon entering the polling place, to present one of the following current and valid picture identifications:

  • Florida driver license;
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles;
  • United States passport;
  • Debit or credit card;
  • Military identification;
  • Student identification;
  • Retirement center identification;
  • Neighborhood association identification;
  • Public assistance identification;
  • Public assistance identification;
  • Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs;
  • A license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm; or
  • Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.

Note: If the picture identification does not contain the signature of the voter, an additional identification that provides the voter’s signature shall be required.

If the voter fails to furnish the required identification, the voter shall be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. 

VoteRiders has created Florida voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Georgia

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Georgia requires Photo ID in order to vote. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired;
  • Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by the voter’s county registrar or Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS);
  • Valid U.S. passport;
  • Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of the state of Georgia. 
  • Valid student ID issued by a Georgia public university, college, or technical college.  This does not include photo ID’s from private colleges, universities, or technical colleges.
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID; or
  • Valid tribal photo ID.

The address on the ID does not have to match the address at which the voter is registered to vote.

A voter without identification may vote a provisional ballot.  In order for the provisional ballot to count, the voter must present proper ID to the registrar’s office within 3 days after Election Day or the provisional ballot will not count.

VoteRiders has created Georgia voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Hawaii

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Precinct officials may request that voters provide identification, and a voter must provide proper identification if requested by a precinct official.

VoteRiders has created Hawaii voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Idaho

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

The types of ID that you need to vote are different from the types of ID that you need to register to vote. In order to case your ballot, you have two options:

(1)   Present one of the following forms of identification:

  • An Idaho driver’s license or identification card issued by the Idaho Transportation Department
  • A passport or photo identification card issued by an agency of the United States government
  • A Tribal photo identification
  • An Idaho student photo identification from an accredited institution of higher education including high school, college, university or technical school

OR

If you do not have an accepted form of ID, you can complete and sign a “personal identification affidavit.” You will then be allowed to vote with a regular ballot.

VoteRiders has created Idaho voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Illinois

In general, Illinois voters do not have to provide ID at the polling place in order to vote.  There are exceptions to this:

  • Voters using Election Day Registration (EDR) or a first-time voter who registered by mail but did not submit sufficient proof of identity with the registration application must present ID.  These voters must bring two of the following IDs, with one of them containing the person’s current address:
     
    • Illinois driver’s license or state ID card;
    • Employee or student ID;
    • Credit card;
    • Social Security card;
    • Birth certificate;
    • Utility bill in the voter’s name;
    • Mail postmarked to the voter;
    • Valid U.S. passport;
    • Public assistance ID card (such as Illinois Link card); or
    • Lease or rental contract.

  • If a voter’s qualifications are challenged, the voter may be required to produce two forms of identification showing her current residence address, including one piece of mail addressed to the voter at her current residence address and postmarked on October 10, 2016 or later.  Otherwise, voters may bring a witness who is registered to vote in that same precinct and who is willing to take an oath and say that the voter is qualified to vote there—and then the voter may vote.
  • Some places may require that the voter present two forms of ID if she is on the inactive voter list.

If a voter is unable to show identification when required—if the voter registered by mail without providing identification, was successfully challenged, is on the inactive list, or is using Election Day Registration (EDR)—the voter is allowed to vote by provisional ballot.  BUT a voter should try to go back and get an ID before entering the polls, instead of voting with a provisional ballot, because provisional ballots are not always counted.

VoteRiders has created Illinois voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Indiana

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

You must possess a current and valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana State Identification card in order to register online.

If you do not have either of these documents, you may still register to vote in person or by mail.

In order to find your County Election Board, click here.

If you are registering to vote for the first time in Indiana and you register by mail, you should include your driver’s license number, or the last four digits of your social security number; if you do not (or if the state is not able to match the number you provided), you will need provide documentation that confirms your residence address.  Any of the following is acceptable documentation if it contains your current name and address:  any current valid photo ID, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a government check, a pay check, or any other government document.  Given that Indiana also has a photo ID requirement to vote in person, you will need to have a photo ID with you in any case.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Indiana requires residents to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot at the polls on Election Day.  

Your ID must meet ALL four of the following criteria:

  • Displays your photograph;
  • Displays your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record (Note: “conform” does not mean “identical”);
  • Displays an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 4, 2014), except that a military or veteran ID that otherwise complies is acceptable even if it has no expiration date or an expiration date of “INDEF”; and
  • Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government.
    • A student ID from an Indiana State school may only be used if it meets all of the 4 criteria specified above.
    • A student ID from a private institution may not be used for voting purposes.

In most cases, an Indiana driver license, Indiana photo ID card, military ID or U.S. Passport is sufficient.

Exemptions:

Exemptions do exist for the indigent, those with a religious objection to being photographed, and those living in state-licensed facilities that serve as their precinct’s polling place.

  • If you wish to claim an exemption from the photo ID requirement based on indigence or a religious objection, you may do so in one of two ways:
    • Go the polls on Election Day and cast a provisional ballot.  Before noon on November 18, 2016, visit the county election office and affirm that an exemption applies to you; or
    • Vote absentee-in-person at the county election office before Election Day, and while there, affirm that an exemption applies to you.
    • If you are a resident at a state-licensed facility that serves as your polling place, you may claim the exemption at the polls on Election Day.
    • If you qualify to vote absentee-by-mail or absentee-by-traveling board, and you choose to vote as such, you are not required to present photo ID.
    • If you are unable or unwilling to present photo ID on Election Day, you may cast a provisional ballot.

Upon casting a provisional ballot, you have until noon on the tenth day after the election (November 18, 2016) to follow up with the County Election Board and either provide photo ID or affirm one of the law’s exemptions applies to you.

VoteRiders has created Indiana voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Iowa

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

You may be asked to show identification when you go to vote if:

  • You are registering to vote at your precinct on Election Day;
  • You registered to vote by mail and have never voted in a federal election in your county;
  • You have moved from where you are registered to vote;
  • Your right to vote has been challenged; or
  • The precinct election officials do not know you.

The following are acceptable unless you are registering to vote on Election Day (see above for the identification requirements for Election Day registration):

  • Non-expired photo ID (which may list a previous address);
  • Bank statement with current address;
  • Utility bill, including a cell phone bill, with current address;
  • Paycheck or government check with current address; or
  • Other government document with current address.

VoteRiders has created Iowa voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Kansas

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Valid forms of ID are:

  • Driver’s license or state ID card issued by Kansas or another state or district of the United States;
  • Concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas or a concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by another state or district of the United States;
  • US passport;
  • Employee badge or ID document issued by a municipal, county, state or federal government office or agency;
  • US military ID document;
  • Student ID card issued by an accredited postsecondary education institution in Kansas;
  • Public assistance ID card issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office or agency; or
  • Indian tribe ID card.

An ID listed above is valid if it contains the name and photograph of the voter and has not expired.  However, expired documents are valid for voters who are 65 years of age or older.

Exceptions to the photo identification requirement include:

  • Persons with a permanent physical disability that makes it impossible to travel to a county or state office to obtain a qualifying form of identification and who have qualified for permanent advance voting status;
  • Members of active duty uniformed service, merchant marine, or their spouses or dependents, who by reason of such active duty or service, are absent from the country on election day; and
  • Any voter who transmits a declaration to the county election officer or Secretary of State stating their religious beliefs prohibit photographic identification.

A voter without a valid form of identification, or whose name and address do not match the voter’s name and address on the voter rolls, may vote a provisional ballot.  The voter is then required to provide a valid form of identification to the county election official in person or provide a copy by mail or by electronic means to the county election office in the county where the voter is registered before the meeting of the county board of canvassers, which is generally held on the morning of the Monday following the election.  At the meeting of the county board of canvassers, the county election official shall present copies of identification received from provisional voters and the corresponding provisional ballots.  If the county board of canvassers determines that the voter’s identification is valid and the provisional ballot was properly cast, the ballot will be counted.

VoteRiders has created Kansas voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Kentucky

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Voters can vote without identification if an election officer can identify the voter by personal acquaintance.  Alternatively, voters can identify themselves by providing documentation. Valid forms of identification include:  

  • A motor vehicle operator’s license;
  • A Social Security Card;
  • Any identification card that has been issued by the County and which has been approved in writing by the State Board of Elections;
  • Any identification card with a picture and signature;
  • Any United States government-issued identification card;
  • Any Kentucky state government-issued identification card with picture; or
  • A credit card.

Without an eligible form of identification, a voter is permitted to cast a provisional ballot as a last recourse if a valid ID does not exist or cannot be obtained.  Voters who cast a provisional vote, or want to learn more about provisional votes, should visit the Provisional Voter Information webpage.

VoteRiders has created Kentucky voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Louisiana

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot: Louisiana voters may present a valid form of photo identification. If the voter does not have the required ID, you can complete and sign an affidavit which includes your date of birth and mother’s maiden name.

If you cast a ballot without an ID, but instead by affidavit of identity, your vote may be susceptible to a challenge.

Valid forms of identification include:

  • Valid Louisiana Driver’s License;
  • Valid Louisiana special identification card; or
  • Other generally recognized picture identification card that contains the voter’s name and signature.

VoteRiders has created Louisiana voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Maine

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

If you are registered to vote before Election Day, you do not need ID at the polls.

VoteRiders has created Maine voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Maryland

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Some first time voters in Maryland will be asked to show ID before voting.

If you are asked to show ID, please show an election judge one of the following forms of ID:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card);
  • A copy of a current utility bill;
  • A copy of a current bank statement; 
  • A copy of a current government check or paycheck; or
  • A copy of another current government document that shows your name and address.

Current means that the document is dated within 3 months of the election.

If you do not show the required ID, then you will have to cast a provisional ballot.  You will have until 10 a.m. the second Wednesday after the election to provide the required ID to the local board of elections.

VoteRiders has created Maryland voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Massachusetts

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot You may be asked to provide identification if you are a first time voter, on the inactive list, or challenged by a poll worker. You do not need a photo ID. 

Valid forms of ID must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote.  Valid forms of ID include:

  • Valid Massachusetts driver's license or non-driver ID card;
  • Valid state-issued ID;
  • Valid U.S. passport;
  • Valid U.S. military ID card containing a photo
  • Recent utility bill or rent receipt
  • Copy of voter registration affidavit
  • Any other printed identification which contains the voter’s name and address where they are registered to vote

VoteRiders has created Massachusetts voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Michigan

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

In order to vote in Michigan, every registered voter voting in person must show a valid form of photo ID or sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of a photo ID (which you may sign even if you have a photo ID, but did not bring it with you to the polls). Your address does not need to be included on the photo ID.

Valid forms of photo ID include:

  • Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by Michigan;
  • Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state;
  • Federal or state government-issued photo ID;
  • U.S. passport;
  • Military ID with photo;
  • Student ID with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education; and
  • Tribal ID with photo.

If you did not provide the identification required to register to vote at the time of registration, you must also bring that identification when you go to cast your ballot. If you do not have a valid form of photo ID, you may still cast a ballot by signing an affidavit confirming your identity.  The ballot will be counted with all other ballots on election day (even though it may be prepared as a “challenged” ballot if there is good reason to suspect the voter is not qualified and registered in the voting precinct).

VoteRiders has created Michigan voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Minnesota

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

If a voter is already registered to vote, no identification is required at the polling place. An individual seeking to vote must sign a polling place roster or voter signature certificate which affirms the voter’s eligibility to vote. An elections judge may, before the voter signs, ask her/him to confirm her/his name, address and date of birth. If poll workers turn you away for failing to provide ID, call 866-OUR-VOTE immediately.

Only individuals who are registering to vote at their precinct on Election Day should be asked to show ID. Acceptable proof of identification includes:

  • A government-issued ID with the voter’s current name and address (exhaustive list below)
    • A MN driver’s license, MN learner’s permit, MN state ID card, or a receipt for a MN driver’s license, learner’s permit, or state ID
    • A tribal ID card with the voter’s name, address, photo and signature
  • A photo ID AND a document with the voter’s name and address. Note that the ID can be expired and the document can be shown on an electronic device like a smartphone or tablet.
    • The acceptable photo IDs are:
      • Driver’s license, state ID card or learner’s permit issued by any U.S. state
      • U.S. passport
      • U.S. military ID card
      • Tribal ID card with the voter’s photo, name and signature
      • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card
      • Minnesota high school ID card
    • The acceptable documents to demonstrate the voter’s name and address (which must be provided ALONG with one of the above photo IDs) are:
      • A bill, account statement or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election for: phone service (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.); TV (cable, satellite, etc.); Internet service; solid waste or sewer services; electric; gas; water; banking or credit card; or rent or mortgage payments
      • Residential lease or rental agreement that is valid through Election Day
      • Current student fee statement
  • A registered voter from the individual’s precinct can go with the voter to the polling place to sign an oath confirming the voter’s address. A registered voter can vouch for up to eight others. A voter who registers by being vouched for cannot vouch for others.
  • College students can use a student photo ID card (without providing additional documentation) if their college provided a student housing list to election officials.
  • If a voter was previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, the voter only needs to tell the elections official her previous name or address — no additional documentation is needed.
  • If an individual pre-registered to vote too close to Election Day, he/she may have received a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. This notice can be used to register at the polling place on Election Day without further documentation.

If an individual lives in a residential facility, a facility staff person can go with him/her to the polling place to confirm his address. The staff person must either be on a list provided by the facility before the election or be able to demonstrate employment at the facility.

VoteRiders has created Minnesota voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Mississippi

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot: To cast a regular ballot, a Mississippi voter must present a valid form of photo identification.

Valid Forms of Photo ID:

  • Mississippi Driver’s License;
  • US Passport;
  • Photo ID card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Mississippi;
  • Photo employee ID card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the US Government;
  • Mississippi firearms license, with photo;
  • Tribal photo ID card;
  • US Military photo ID card;
  • Photo ID card issued by any accredited Mississippi college, university, community college, or junior college; 
  • Photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US government or any state government, such as a driver’s license issued by a state other than Mississippi;
  • Mississippi Voter Identification Card

Mississippi Voter Identification Card: If a registered voter does not have any other acceptable forms of photo ID, a voter can obtain a free Mississippi Voter Identification Card by bringing a piece of identifying documentation to any Circuit Clerk’s office in Mississippi.

ID Expiration: A voter may use an expired photo ID as long as it is one of the above-listed acceptable forms of photo ID and is not more than 10 years old.

Address on ID: The address on the photo ID does not have to match the address on the voter rolls.

Lack of Valid Photo ID: A registered voter who does not have valid identification is still entitled to vote by a provisional Affidavit Ballot.

VoteRiders has created Mississippi voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Missouri

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Valid forms of ID are:

  • Valid ID issued by the federal government, state of Missouri, or a local election authority;
  • Valid ID issued by a Missouri institution (public or private) of higher education, including universities, colleges, and vocational and technical schools;
  • Valid driver’s license or state identification card issued by another state; or
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter.

Without one of these forms of identification, a voter is permitted to:

  • Vote a provisional ballot, or
  • Vote, if two supervising election judges, one from each major political party, are able to attest to the voter’s identity.

VoteRiders has created Missouri voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Montana

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

You must present ID when voting.  When you enter your polling place, an election judge will greet you, ask your name, and confirm that you are registered to vote in that precinct.  He or she will then ask you to show ID.  This can be any current photo ID that shows your name (for example, a valid driver's license, school ID, state ID, or tribal ID) or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, voter confirmation notice, government check or other government document that shows your name and current address.

If you do not have any of the items listed above, you can still vote by requesting and filling out a "Polling Place Elector ID" form

OR

You can vote a provisional ballot.  Your provisional ballot will be counted if you provide one of the items on the list to the county elections office by 5:00 p.m. the day after the election, or mail it to the county elections office postmarked by the day after the election.

VoteRiders has created Montana voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Nebraska

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Voters do not need to present identification in order to cast a ballot unless the voter is a first-time voter who did not provide identification with his or her mailed registration. 

Acceptable forms of identification for first-time voters include current photo identification or any of the following dated within 60 days before registration:

  • Utility bill;
  • Bank statement;
  • Government check;
  • Paycheck; or
  • Government document. 

Without one of these forms of identification, a voter is only permitted to vote a provisional ballot.

VoteRiders has created Nebraska voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Nevada

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

A voter who registered to vote online or via mail must vote at the polls for the first federal election in which he or she votes, and must present identification on that occasion, unless he or she provided a Nevada driver’s license number or other proper identification in his or her application to register to vote.

After voting once in person, voters are not required to present identification at the polling place, unless their signature does not match the signature on their registration form. Upon arrival, voters will be asked to sign in, and that signature will be verified against the signature on the voter registration. If the signature does not match, the voter must be identified by:

  • Answering questions from the election board officer about personal data reported on the voter registration; or
  • Reporting other personal data which verifies their identity; or
  • Showing their driver’s license, DMV identification card, military identification card, or any other form of identification issued by a governmental agency which contains the voter’s signature and physical description or picture.

VoteRiders has created Nevada voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

New Hampshire

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Valid forms of identification are:

  • A driver’s license issued by any state or the federal government;
  • A New Hampshire non-driver identification card or a non-driver identification card issued by the motor vehicles division, department, agency, or office of any other state;
  • A United States armed forces identification card;
  • A United States passport or passcard;
  • A valid student identification if the card is issued by:
    • A college, university, or career school in New Hampshire and approved to operate or licensed to operate in New Hampshire;
    • A public high school in New Hampshire;
    • A non-public high school in New Hampshire that is accredited by a private school accrediting agency that is recognized by the New Hampshire Department of Education;
    • Dartmouth College; or
    • A college or university operated by the university system of New Hampshire or the community college system of New Hampshire.

The photo identification also typically must have an expiration date that is not more than five years old. However, you may use an older identification card if you are 65 years of age or older.  Additionally, student identification cards do not need to have a date of expiration or issuance until September 1, 2018. 

In other words, you do not need to have such a date on your student identification to use it at the polls in the 2016 election.

The name on the identification shall substantially conform to the name on the voting checklist.

A voter who does not have an approved photo identification may obtain a free photo identification for voting purposes by presenting a voucher from their town or city clerk or the New Hampshire Secretary of State to any New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office that issues identification.

Without one of these forms of identification, you may:

  • Vote with a challenged voter affidavit.  If you execute a challenged voter affidavit, you will be photographed (if you object to being photographed due to your religious beliefs, you will have to execute an additional affidavit of religious exemption); or
  • Vote, if you provide a photo identification other than those listed above that is determined to be legitimate by the supervisors of the checklist, the moderator, or the clerk of a town, ward, or city, assuming that no one authorized to do so challenges the use of such identification (if so, you will have to execute a challenged voter affidavit); or
  • Vote, if the supervisors of the checklist, the moderator, or the clerk of a town, ward, or city (not a ballot clerk) verifies your identity, assuming that no one authorized to do so challenges the use of such identification (if so, you will have to execute a challenged voter affidavit).

If you filled out a challenged voter affidavit in order to vote on Election Day, you will receive a verification letter from the New Hampshire Secretary of State requesting confirmation that you voted in the election.  If you do not respond in writing within 90 days of the date it was mailed, the New Hampshire Attorney General will conduct an investigation to determine whether fraudulent voting occurred.

If you are registering to vote by absentee, be sure to contact your town or city clerk’s office for more information.

VoteRiders has created New Hampshire voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

New Jersey

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

New Jersey voters can vote without showing identification, with only one exception: a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide an accurate driver’s license number, non-driver ID number, the last four digits of a Social Security number, or acceptable identification at that time must present ID at the polling place on Election Day.  Acceptable identification includes either a current and valid photo ID (e.g., student ID card, military ID), or any current document with the voter’s name and address such as a bank statement, pay check, sample ballot, utility bill, government check, car registration, or non-photo driver’s license.

A voter who registered by mail without providing one of the requested numbers or acceptable ID, and who cannot produce such ID at the polling place on Election Day, will be asked to vote by provisional ballot instead of by machine.  After casting a provisional ballot, the first-time voter must provide proper ID to the county Superintendent of Elections or Commissioner of Registration by the close of business on the second day after the election.  A first-time voter should be encouraged to go and get acceptable identification if possible and NOT cast a provisional ballot.

VoteRiders has created New Jersey voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

New Mexico

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Most voters aren’t required to show ID. Voters who registered in New Mexico for the first time, submitted their registration by mail, and didn’t include a copy of their ID when they registered need to enclose or bring a copy of a government document with the voter’s name and address.

VoteRiders has created New Mexico voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

New York

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

The New York Voter Registration Application asks applicants to provide a DMV identification number (either a driver’s license number or a non-driver ID number) or else the last four digits of their Social Security Number.                                        

If you do not have either a DMV or Social Security Number, you can send a copy of the following acceptable forms of ID along with your registration form in order to establish your identity:

  • a valid photo ID;
  • a copy of a current utility bill;
  • a bank statement;
  • a paycheck;
  • a government check; or
  • some other government document that shows the applicant's name and address.

If an applicant’s identity cannot be verified before Election Day, she or he will be asked for ID when she or he votes for the first time. 

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Most voters are not required to provide an ID at the polling place. However, if an applicant does not provide the above identification information with their voter registration application, he/she will be required to provide this information when voting.

VoteRiders has created New York voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

North Carolina

North Carolina does not currently have a voter ID requirement, except for first-time voters who register to vote my mail and did not provide verification of their ID at the time of registration. These first-time voters may show current and valid photo ID (driver’s license or state ID, US Passport, employee ID, student ID, military ID), utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or any government document.

VoteRiders has created North Carolina voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

North Dakota

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Identification is required to vote.  Valid forms of identification are:

  • North Dakota driver’s license;
  • North Dakota non-driver’s identification card;
  • Long term care identification certificate; or
  • Tribal identification card.

VoteRiders has created North Dakota voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Ohio

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

You may vote without providing identification, BUT if you have no ID, you must vote on a provisional ballot. When you cast your provisional ballot you must provide either: (a) your Ohio driver’s license or state identification number (which begins with two letters followed by six numbers), or (b) the last four digits of your Social Security number. If a voter casts a provision ballot, he or she should expect to be given information so that they can follow up to make sure that their vote counted.

Within 7 days after Election Day, a voter who casts a provisional ballot because of not providing to the election officials any of the required forms of identification, or because the individual has been successfully challenged, must appear at the board of elections office and provide to the board the appropriate identification (meaning one of the required forms of ID required at the polls [see below section on Voter ID], the last four digits of the voter's social security number, or the voter's full Ohio driver's license number or Ohio state ID card number) or other additional information necessary to determine the voter's eligibility. However, no follow up is required if a voter who did not provide a proper ID wrote on the provisional ballot envelope either the last four digits of their social security number or their full Ohio driver's license or Ohio ID card number.

To vote a regular ballot, Ohio voters are required to show some kind of proof of identity. Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address;
  • A military identification;
  • A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
  • An original or copy of a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill (includes a cell phone bill or zero balance utility bill from university housing) with the voter’s name and present address (note: a U.S. Passport is not valid ID, because it doesn’t have an address listed);
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or

An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.

VoteRiders has created Ohio voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma law requires all registered voters to prove their identity before voting in person.  Either a valid photo identification or a Voter Identification Card will suffice.  Those voters who do not provide the requisite identification may vote by provisional ballot. 

Photo Identification: To be valid, the photo identification must satisfy all of the following:

  • Show the name of the person to whom the document was issued, and the name “substantially conforms” to the name in the Precinct Registry
  • Show a photograph of the person
  • Not be expired (identification that does not expire is valid)
  • Be issued by the United States, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized Indian tribe or nation

Valid forms of photo identification include:

  • Oklahoma Driver License
  • Oklahoma Nondriver ID
  • Tribal Membership Card
  • US passport
  • US Military ID

Voter Identification Card:  You may also use the voter identification card you received by mail from the County Election Board when you registered to vote, so long as the name on the card “substantially conforms” to the name in the precinct registry.  This Card can be used even though it does not include a photograph or an expiration date.

Affidavit With Provisional Ballot:  If you do not have or if you refuse to show proof of identity, you may vote by provisional ballot and prove your identity by signing a sworn affidavit.   Note that a provisional ballot will only be counted if it is cast in the precinct of your residence (except if you have moved and are voting at an old precinct, discussed further below) and if evidence of valid voter registration and identity is found.  If you have not shown proof of identity, the provisional ballot will be counted if:  (1) your name on the affidavit substantially conforms to your name in the voter registration database, (2) your address substantially conforms to the address in the voter registration database, (3) your birth date matches the information in the voter registration database, and (4) your driver’s license number and last four digits of your Social Security number match the information in the voter registration database (unless this information was not provided upon registration, in which case this requirement will not apply).  If you have legally changed your name or address prior to voting, and have not updated that information in the voter registry, you may note these facts on the affidavit and simultaneously submit a form to update your voter registration information to reflect these changes.  The ballot will be counted if your previous name and/or address can be verified through the steps above.

VoteRiders has created Oklahoma voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Oregon

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

No identification is required to either return a ballot to a designated ballot drop off location or to fill out a ballot in person at voting booths established by the County Elections Official.

VoteRiders has created Oregon voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Pennsylvania

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Most voters do not need to show ID to vote. Only voters voting in an election district for the first time must provide one of the following forms of photo identification:

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID Card
  • ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID with photograph
  • Employee ID with photograph

If you do not have any of these forms of photo identification, you can provide the following documents if they contain your name and current address:

  • Confirmation of residence issued by the County Voter Registration Office;
  • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth;
  • Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government;
  • Firearm permit;
  • Current utility bill;
  • Current bank statement;
  • Current paycheck; or
  • Government check.

If you have registered and voted in the same election district before, you do not need to show identification to vote.  You simply need to sign your name, which will then be compared with the signature in the district register.

VoteRiders has created Pennsylvania voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Rhode Island

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

A voter must provide valid photo identification at the polling place in order to vote a regular ballot. Valid forms of ID are:

  • Valid Rhode Island Driver’s License;
  • Valid Rhode Island Photo Voter ID Card (can be obtained for free);
  • Valid Rhode Island State issued ID;
  • Valid Federally issued ID;
  • Valid U.S. passport;
  • Valid ID card issued by a U.S. educational institution, provided it includes a photo;
  • Valid Military ID card containing a photo; and
  • Valid government issued medical card.

The address on the photo identification does not have to match the address on the voter rolls.

Without one of these forms of identification, a voter is permitted to vote with a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will be counted if the local Board determines that the signature on the provisional ballot matches the signature on the voter’s registration.

A voter who is a member of the military or who resides overseas is eligible to vote by absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), and is not required to provide ID when voting with an absentee ballot.

VoteRiders has created Rhode Island voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

South Carolina

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

A Photo ID is required to vote in South Carolina.    The ID must be valid and current.  Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • South Carolina Driver’s License;
  • Photo ID issued by the DMV;
  • Passport;
  • Photo Military ID issued by the federal government; and
  • South Carolina voter registration card with photograph.

If you have one of these forms of photo ID, but do not have the identification with you, you may leave, get your photo ID, and return to vote by regular ballot.  Otherwise, you may vote by provisional ballot.  Your provisional ballot will ONLY count if you show photo ID to the election commissioner prior to certification of the election (usually Thursday or Friday after the election).

There are two primary exceptions to the photo identification requirement:

  • A voter who cannot produce one of the acceptable forms of photo ID due to a religious objection.
  • A voter who cannot product one of the acceptable forms of photo ID due to an impediment that prevents him/her from obtaining one.

In either case, the voter may complete an affidavit at the polling place and cast a provisional ballot.

VoteRiders has created South Carolina voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

South Dakota

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Valid forms of ID are:

  • Valid South Dakota driver's license or non-driver ID card;
  • Valid U.S. passport;
  • Valid federal-issued photo ID;
  • Valid tribal ID containing a photo; and
  • Valid student photo ID issued by a South Dakota high school or postsecondary school located in South Dakota.

Without one of these forms of identification, a voter is permitted to sign an affidavit confirming their name and address when voting.

There is one primary exception to the photo identification requirement:

  • A voter who is a member of the military and stationed abroad or who resides overseas eligible to vote by absentee ballot pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) is not required to provide ID when voting an absentee ballot.

There is no requirement that the person’s voter registration address and the address on the ID match.

VoteRiders has created South Dakota voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Tennessee

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Tennessee law requires that all voters must present a government-issued photo ID containing the voter’s name and photograph at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day. 

Acceptable forms of ID include (even if expired):

  • A Tennessee driver’s license with your photo;
  • A U.S. passport;
  • A photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security;
  • A photo ID issued by the federal government or Tennessee state government;
  • A U.S. military photo ID; or
  • Tennessee-issued handgun carry permit with your photo.

You may NOT use:

  • College student photo IDs;
  • Privately issued photo IDs (such as discount club cards or bank cards); or
  • Photo IDs issued by other states or by county or city governments (including library cards).

 You are exempt from the ID requirement if:

  • You are voting absentee by mail;
  • You are a resident of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and you vote at the facility;
  • You are hospitalized;
  • You have a religious objection to being photographed; or
  • You are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee.

If you do not provide an acceptable government-issued photo ID, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.  In order to have that provisional ballot counted, the voter must return to the election commission’s office to show a valid photo ID within the 2 business days following the election.  Upon returning to the election commission office, the voter will sign an affidavit and a copy of the voter’s photo ID will be made to be reviewed by the counting board.

If you are a registered voter and do not have a government-issued photo ID, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security will provide you with a photo ID at no charge.  You may obtain a free photo ID to vote from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security at a driver service center.  In order to obtain this ID, you must provide:

    • Proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate);
    • Two proofs of Tennessee residency (such as a voter registration card, utility bill, vehicle registration/title or bank statement); and
    • If your name differs from that on your primary ID, proof of the changed name (such as certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, certified court order, etc.).

If you have a non-photo driver’s license and no other form of valid photo ID, you may visit a driver service center to have your photo added to your license for free upon request.  You must sign an affidavit stating that you do not have a valid government-issued photo ID for voting purposes. The form of affidavit can be found here.

More information on this topic is available here

VoteRiders has created Tennessee voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Texas

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

If a voter has a valid photo identification, he/she must present it at the polling place in order to vote.

Acceptable forms of photo ID include:

  • Driver’s License issued by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS);
  • Personal Identification Card issued by DPS;
  • Election Identification Certificate (can apply at no-cost at the Department of Public Safety);
  • US Military Identification Card with photo;
  • US Citizenship Certificate with photo;
  • US Passport;
  • License to Carry or Concealed Handgun License.

Forms of photo ID must not be expired or must have expired no more than four years prior to election.

However, if the voter has a reasonable difficulty in obtaining one of the photo IDs listed above, he/she can present alternative documentation (such as a voter registration certificate, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or any government document with the voter’s name and address) and sign a document stating that he/she has a reasonable difficulty in obtaining photo ID. If the voter presents alternative documentation and signs the reasonable difficulty document, he/she must be given a regular (not provisional) ballot.

While election officials may ask the voter if he/she has an accepted photo ID, election officials cannot question or challenge voters concerning the voter’s lack of that ID. The reasonableness of a voter’s difficulty in obtaining photo ID cannot be questioned by election officials.

Note: The address on either the photo ID or the alternative documentation does not need to match the address on the voter registration list. 

VoteRiders has created Texas voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Utah

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Valid forms of ID include any one of the following provided it is currently valid:

  • Utah driver license;
  • ID card issued by the state or a branch, department, or agency of the United States;
  • Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon;
  • United States passport;
  • United States military identification card; or
  • Tribal ID card, Bureau of Indian Affairs card or tribal treaty card (whether or not the card includes a photograph of the voter).

If a voter does not have one of the above forms of ID, they may submit any two of the following that bear the voter’s name and provide evidence that the voter resides in the precinct:

  • Current utility bill or copy thereof dated within 90 days before the election;
  • Bank or other financial account statement, or legible copy thereof;
  • Certified birth certificate;
  • Valid Social Security card;
  • Check issued by the state or federal government or legible copy thereof;
  • Paycheck from the voter’s employer, or legible copy thereof;
  • Currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license;
  • Certified naturalization documents (not a green card);
  • Currently valid license issued by an authorized agency of the United States;
  • Certified copy of court records showing the voter’s adoption or name change;
  • Valid Medicaid or Medicare or Electronic Benefits Transfer card;
  • Currently valid ID card issued by a local government within the state;
  • Currently valid ID card issued by an employer;
  • Currently valid ID card issued by a college, university, technical school or professional school within the state; or
  • Current Utah vehicle registration.

VoteRiders has created Utah voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Vermont

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

If you are not a first-time voter, you can vote without proving identification.

If you are a first-time voter in the municipality who registered to vote by mail and has not previously provided proper identification, then you must present your identification at the polling place. Acceptable forms of identification are: a valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport); copy of a current utility bill; copy of a current bank statement; or a copy of a government check, paycheck or another government document showing your current name and residential address.

VoteRiders has created Vermont voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Virginia

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot: A photo ID is required to vote in Virginia.   The ID must be valid.  Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Virginia Driver’s License;
  • Any other photo ID issued by Virginia or one of its political subdivisions;
  • U.S. passport or any other U.S. government-issued photo ID;
  • Student ID card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by any institution of higher education located in Virginia or any private school located in Virginia; and
  • Employee photo ID card.

For a more detailed list of accepted ID please click here: http://www.elections.virginia.gov/Files/CastYourBallot/VotingInPerson/VoterIdentificationChart.pdf

In order to be valid, an ID must be genuine, bear the photograph of the voter, and not be expired for more than 12 months.

If your current address does not match that on the voter rolls, the officer of election shall provide you with a change of address form.  False statements in the form are subject to felony penalties.

If you do not have identification with you, you may leave, get your photo ID, and return to vote by regular ballot, as long as you return to polling place and are in line by 7:00 pm.  Otherwise, you may cast a provisional ballot, but you must submit a copy of your ID to your local electoral board via fax, email, in-person, or via mail.  Your copies must be received by the electoral board by noon on the third day after the election or your provisional ballot will not be counted. 

VoteRiders has created Virginia voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Washington

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

If you vote in person, you will need to sign a ballot declaration and your signature will be compared to your registration signature. Otherwise, you will need to provide valid photo ID. Valid forms include:

  • Washington driver's license,
  • State identification card,
  • Student identification card,
  • Tribal identification card, or
  • Employer identification card.

Some counties also accept other forms of ID, such as:

  • Copy of a current utility bill,
  • Current bank statement, or
  • Copy of a current paycheck.

If you do not have one of these forms of ID, then your vote will be by provisional ballot. If voters are shown as not registered or their right to vote is otherwise challenged, they may still vote by provisional ballot.

VoteRiders has created Washington voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

West Virginia

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

If you are a first-time voter, you may be asked to provide identification.  West Virginia accepts the following documents that show your current name and address:

  • Valid photo identification
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Any other official government document

VoteRiders has created Alabama voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Wisconsin

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

  • A driver’s license or ID card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation;
  • A military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service;
  • A U.S. passport;
  • A veteran’s photo ID card issued by the Veterans Health Administration;
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Native American tribe in Wisconsin;
  • A certificate of naturalization that was issued on or after November 8, 2014;
  • A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days);
  • An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days); or
  • A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. Such identification must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment.  (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.)

VoteRiders has created Wisconsin voter ID info cards in English (madison), English (Milwaukee), and in Spanish (Madison), Spanish (Milwaukee).

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Wyoming

If you previously registered in person, or registered by mail and have voted before in a Wyoming federal election, you are not required to show ID at the polls. If you registered by mail and are voting in your first federal election, you must provide a current, valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document showing their name and address.

VoteRiders has created Wyoming voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

If you're not sure what ID you need or for help getting an ID to vote, call 844.338.8743. Someone will respond to walk to you through the process.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights