Voter ID Laws

Last updated on February 14, 2018

EXCEPTIONS TO THE VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS

  • Military and overseas voters who are vote by absentee ballot under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) are exempt from ALL voter ID requirements.
  • Elderly and disabled voters are exempt from federal first-time voter ID requirements but might not be exempt from state voter ID laws.

Voter ID is a pain in the neck and laws change frequently. We make every effort to keep this data up-to-date, but if you have any questions you should contact your Local Election Official.

State In-Person Voter ID Laws Absentee Voter ID Laws

Alabama

If you are voting in person in Alabama, you must one of the following forms of valid photo ID at the time you vote:

  • Alabama drivers license or non-driver photo ID card
  • Alabama photo voter ID card
  • State or federal issued ID card
  • US passport
  • Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of Alabama
  • Student or employee photo ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • US military photo ID card
  • Tribal photo ID card

If you are voting by absentee ballot, you must provide a copy of one of the following forms of valid photo ID with your absentee ballot:

  • Alabama drivers license or non-driver photo ID card
  • Alabama photo voter ID card
  • State or federal issued ID card
  • US passport
  • Employee ID from Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of Alabama
  • Student or employee photo ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • US military photo ID card
  • Tribal photo ID card

Alaska

If you are voting in person in Alaska, you must present one of the following forms of ID when you vote:

  • Driver’s license or state ID
  • Voter ID Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Hunting or fishing license
  • Any valid photo ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other document issued by the government with the name and current address of the voter.

An election official may waive the ID requirement if an Election Day official can vouch for your identity.

If you’re not voting for the first time in Alaska, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail.

If you’re voting for the first time in Alaska, registered by mail, and didn’t provide a copy of your ID when you registered, then attach a copy of one of the following with your completed absentee ballot:

  • Driver’s license, state ID card, birth certificate, passport, hunting or fishing license, or another current photo ID
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address

Arizona

If you are voting in person in Alabama, you must present an acceptable form of ID at the time you vote.  Acceptable forms of ID include one of the following “Option 1” photo IDs with your name and address:

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

If you don’t have a photo ID with your name and address you have 2 other options:

Option 2: You can provide any 2 of the following forms of non-photo ID so long as they both have your name and address:

  • Utility bill, such as for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television
  • Bank or credit union statement
  • Valid Arizona vehicle registration
  • Indian census card
  • Property tax statement of the elector’s residence
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Arizona vehicle insurance card
  • Recorder’s Certificate
  • Valid US federal, state, or local government issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder
  • Any mailing to the elector marked “Official Election Material”

Option 3: You can provide any of the following in combination:

  • Any valid photo identification from Option 1 in which the address does not match your registration address, accompanied by a non-photo identification from Option 2 in which the address does match your registration address
  • US Passport without address and one valid item from Option 2
  • US Military identification without address and one valid item from Option 2

 

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID to vote.

Arkansas

If you’re voting in person in Arkansas, you will need to provide a photo ID that is issued by the United States, state of Arkansas, or a college in Arkansas (such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID, public benefit card, or student ID) at the time that you vote.

If you don’t have a photo ID, you can still cast a provisional ballot that will be counted if you sign a sworn statement and provide ID by the following Monday.

If you’re not voting for the first time in Arkansas, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail.

If you’re voting for the first time in Arkansas, registered to vote by mail, and didn’t submit a copy of your ID when you registered, attach a copy of one of the following to your mail ballot:

  • Driver’s license
  • Non-driver’s license ID
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with your name and address

California

If you’re not voting for the first time in California, you don’t need to show ID to vote.

If you’re a first-time voter, you are voting in a federal election,  you registered by mail, and didn’t include your driver’s license or California ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you you may be asked to provide ID if you vote in person.

Acceptable forms of ID include a current and valid photo ID that includes your name and photograph. Examples:

  • Driver’s license or ID card of any state
  • Passport
  • Employee ID card
  • ID card provided by a commercial establishment
  • Credit or debit card
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Health club ID card
  • Insurance plan ID card
  • Public housing ID card

You can also use any of the following documents that includes your name and address as long as the document is dated after November 8, 2016:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Government paycheck
  • Document issued by a governmental agency
  • Sample ballot or other official elections document issued by a governmental, agency dated for the upcoming election
  • Voter notification card issued by a governmental agency
  • Public housing ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Lease or rental statement or agreement issued by a governmental agency
  • Student ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Tuition statement or bill issued by a governmental agency
  • Insurance plan card or drug discount card issued by a governmental agency
  • Discharge certificates, pardons, or other official documents issued to you by a governmental agency in connection with the resolution of a criminal case, indictment, sentence, or other matter
  • Public transportation authority senior citizen and disabled discount cards issued by a governmental agency
  • ID documents issued by governmental disability agencies
  • ID documents issued by government homeless shelters and other government temporary or transitional facilities
  • Drug prescription issued by a government doctor or other governmental health care provider
  • Property tax statement issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle registration issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle certificate of ownership issued by a governmental agency

If you’re not voting for the first time in California, you don’t need to provide a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot.

If you’re a first-time voter, you are voting in a federal election, registered by mail, and didn’t include your driver’s license or California ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you need to include a copy of accepted ID with your mail-in ballot.

Acceptable forms of ID include a current and valid photo ID that includes your name and photograph. Examples:

  • Driver’s license or ID card of any state
  • Passport
  • Employee ID card
  • ID card provided by a commercial establishment
  • Credit or debit card
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Health club ID card
  • Insurance plan ID card
  • Public housing ID card

You can also use any of the following documents that includes your name and address as long as the document is dated after November 8, 2016:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Government paycheck
  • Document issued by a governmental agency
  • Sample ballot or other official elections document issued by a governmental, agency dated for the upcoming election
  • Voter notification card issued by a governmental agency
  • Public housing ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Lease or rental statement or agreement issued by a governmental agency
  • Student ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Tuition statement or bill issued by a governmental agency
  • Insurance plan card or drug discount card issued by a governmental agency
  • Discharge certificates, pardons, or other official documents issued to you by a governmental agency in connection with the resolution of a criminal case, indictment, sentence, or other matter
  • Public transportation authority senior citizen and disabled discount cards issued by a governmental agency
  • ID documents issued by governmental disability agencies
  • ID documents issued by government homeless shelters and other government temporary or transitional facilities
  • Drug prescription issued by a government doctor or other governmental health care provider
  • Property tax statement issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle registration issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle certificate of ownership issued by a governmental agency

Colorado

If you are voting in person in Colorado, you will need to provide a valid form of ID at the time you vote. All the forms of ID that show your address must be a Colorado address in order for the form of ID to qualify.

Valid forms of ID include:

  • Colorado driver’s license or valid ID card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue
  • A US passport
  • An employee ID card with a photograph issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US government or of Colorado, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado
  • A pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the US
  • A US military ID card with a photograph
  • A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your current name and address
  • A Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of a US birth certificate
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • A student ID card with a photograph issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado
  • A veteran ID card with photo
  • An ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership

If you are voting for the first time in Colorado and are voting by mail, you will need to provide a photocopy of a valid ID along with your mail ballot or with your voter registration form. All the forms of ID that show your address must be a Colorado address in order for the form of ID to qualify.

Valid forms of ID include:

  • Colorado driver’s license or valid ID card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue
  • A US passport
  • An employee ID card with a photograph issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US government or of Colorado, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado
  • A pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the US
  • A US military ID card with a photograph
  • A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your current name and address
  • A Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of a US birth certificate
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • A student ID card with a photograph issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado
  • A veteran ID card with photo
  • An ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership

Your County Clerk and Recorder will provide additional instructions with your ballot.

Connecticut

Connecticut has 2 different ID requirements, depending on when you registered to vote. Most voters must present one of the following forms of ID to vote in person:

  • Social Security card
  • Any pre-printed form of ID that shows your name and address, name and signature, or name and photo

If you cannot present an ID, you’ll be required to sign a brief statement confirming your identity.

If you’re a first time voter who registered by mail and you didn’t provide ID when you registered, you must present one of the following forms of ID to vote in person:

  • A copy of a current photo ID that shows your name and address
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Delaware

You are not required to show ID to vote in person in Delaware, but bring one of the following if you have it to speed up the process:

  • A current photo ID
  • Signed social security card, polling place card, or vehicle registration</li> <li>A similar document that identifies you by photo or signature

If you don’t bring any ID, you’ll need to fill out a form before you can vote.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

District of Columbia

If you’re not voting for the first time in DC, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.

If you registered to vote by mail and you’re voting in DC for the first time, bring one of the following to vote in person early or on Election Day:

  • A government-issued photo ID
  • A utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student housing statement/tuition bill, homeless shelter occupancy statement, lease, or other government document that shows your name and address

If you’re not voting for the first time in DC, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail.

If you registered to vote by mail and you’re voting in DC for the first time, attach a copy of one of the following to your mail ballot:

  • A government-issued photo ID
  • A utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student housing statement/tuition bill, homeless shelter occupancy statement, lease, or other government document that shows your name and address

Florida

If you are voting in person in Florida, you must present one of the following valid forms of ID that shows your photo and signature at the time you vote:

  • Florida driver’s license
  • Florida ID card
  • US passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military ID
  • Student ID
  • Retirement center ID
  • Neighborhood association ID
  • Public assistance ID
  • Veteran health ID card
  • License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm
  • Employee ID card issued by the federal government, the state of Florida, or any county or municipality

If your ID does not contain your signature, then you need to bring another ID that contains your signature.

If you’re not voting for the first time in Florida, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail.

If you’re a first time Florida voter who registered by mail and you didn’t provide ID when you registered, you’ll need to provide a photocopy of one of the following forms of ID along with your mail ballot:

  • A copy of a current photo ID
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

Georgia

If you are voting in person in Georgia (including voting early), you must present one of the following forms of ID at the time you vote:

  • Georgia driver’s license
  • Georgia voter ID or other ID card issued by the State of Georgia, any other state, or the US government
  • Employee photo ID issued by the US government, Georgia government, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other Georgia government entity
  • US passport
  • US military photo ID
  • Student photo ID card issued by a Georgia public college, university, or technical school
  • Valid tribal photo ID

If you’re not voting for the first time in Georgia, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail.

If you’re a first-time Georgia voter who registered by mail and did not provide ID when you registered, you’ll need to provide a copy of one of the following forms of ID along with your mail ballot:

  • A current photo ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

Hawaii

You must bring one of the following vaild forms of identification to vote at the polls on Election Day:

  • Current driver’s license or state ID card
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

If you’re not voting for the first time in Hawaii, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail. If you’re a first time voter and you didn’t provide a copy of your ID when you registered to vote or applied for your absentee ballot, be sure to attach a copy of one of the following forms of ID to your absentee ballot:

  • Current driver’s license or state ID card
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

Idaho

If you are voting in person in Idaho (including during early voting), you must present one of the following forms of ID at the time you vote:

  • Idaho driver’s license or Idaho photo ID card
  • US passport or federal photo ID
  • Tribal photo ID
  • Current student photo ID card issued by an Idaho high school or postsecondary school
  • License to carry concealed weapons

If you don’t have ID, you can still cast a ballot by signing a sworn statement at the polling place swearing to your identity.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID to vote.

Illinois

If you’re not voting for the first time in Illinois, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by in person.

If you registered to vote by mail, are voting for the first time, and didn’t provide your driver’s license number, state ID number, last 4 digits of your Social Security number, a copy of a current and valid photo ID, a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government documentation that shows your name and address, or a student ID and mail postmarked to you at your residence, you’ll need to provide one of these when you vote in person during early voting or on Election Day.

If you are voting by absentee ballot, you must provide a copy of one of the following forms of ID with your absentee ballot:

  • Current and valid photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Lease or contract for residence
  • Student ID & mail addressed to your residence
  • Government document with the voter’s name and address

Indiana

If you are voting in person in Indiana, you must present an ID that meets the following 4 requirements at the time you vote:

  • Displays your photo
  • Displays your name
  • Has an expiration date that shows the ID hasn’t expired or expired after November 8. 2016.  (Military ID is not required to have an expiration date.)
  • Is issued by Indiana or the US government

Examples of IDs that meet this criteria are:

  • Indiana driver’s license
  • Indiana photo ID card
  • Military ID
  • US passport

Absentee voters do not need to show ID.

Iowa

If you are voting in person in Iowa, you will be asked to show a valid form of ID before voting at the polls, but if you do not have the necessary ID, you will still be able to cast a ballot if you sign an an oath verifying your identity.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Your valid Iowa Driver’s License or non-operator ID
  • Your passport
  • Your Military ID
  • Your Veterans ID
  • Your Voter ID Card

Beginning January 1, 2019, Iowa voters will be required to show ID at the polls to vote. Voters without the necessary ID will be offered a provisional ballot and can provide ID up until the Monday after Election Day.

 

You do not need to provide a valid form of ID with your absentee ballot.  However, when requesting an absentee ballot in Iowa, you will be required to provide your Iowa driver’s license/non-operator ID number or Voter ID card four-digit PIN number on your absentee ballot request form.

Kansas

If you are voting in person in Kansas, you must present one of the following forms of unexpired photo ID (unless you are 65 or older, in which case the ID can be expired) when you vote:

  • Drivers license or non-drivers ID card issued by Kansas or another state
  • U.S. passport
  • Concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas or another state
  • Employee badge or ID document issued by a government office
  • U.S. military ID
  • Student ID card issued by an accredited Kansas postsecondary educational institution
  • Public assistance ID card issued by a government office
  • An ID card issued by an Indian tribe
  • State Voter ID
  • NOTE: Kansas cannot require you to provide proof of US citizenship to register to vote for federal elections

You must provide the number from your current and valid Kansas drivers license or Kansas nondrivers ID card when you request your absentee ballot.

If you do not have a valid Kansas drivers license or Kansas nondrivers card, you must provide a copy of one of the following forms of photo ID with your application in order to receive a ballot:

  • Drivers license or nondrivers ID card issued by Kansas or another state
  • U.S. passport
  • Concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas or another state
  • Employee badge or ID document issued by a government office
  • U.S. military ID
  • Student ID card issued by an accredited Kansas postsecondary educational institution
  • Public assistance ID card issued by a government office
  • An ID card issued by an Indian tribe
  • State Voter ID

Kentucky

If you are voting in person in Kentucky, you must present one of the following forms of ID at the time you vote:

  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • ID issued by the US government
  • ID issued by the Kentucky government with your picture and signature
  • Any ID with your picture and signature
  • Credit card

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Louisiana

If you are voting in person in Louisiana (including during early voting), you must present one of the following forms of valid photo ID at the time you vote (plus more if you’re a fist time LA voter, see below):

  • A Louisiana driver’s license or special ID card;
  • Another generally recognized picture ID card that contains your name and signature

If you don’t have any of the above IDs, you can complete a sworn statement claiming that with your date of birth and your mother’s maiden name.

If you registered to vote in Louisiana for the first time, submitted your voter registration application by mail, and you didn’t provide your Louisiana driver’s license or special ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number when you registered to vote, you will also need to bring a photo ID, utility bill, bank statement, or other government document that shows your name and address in order to vote.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Maine

If you’re not voting for the first time in Maine, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.

If you’re voting for the first time in Maine; submitted your registration by mail; and didn’t provide a copy of your Maine driver’s license, Maine state ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you may need to show one of these items to vote.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Maryland

If you’ve voted in Maryland before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.

If you’re voting for the first time in Maryland; submitted your registration by mail; and didn’t provide a copy your Maryland driver’s license, state ID card, social security card or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you may need to show one of these documents to vote.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Massachusetts

If you are voting in person in Alabama, you may need to show ID if one of the following applies to you:

  • You’re voting for the first time in Massachusetts
  • Your registration status is inactive because you haven’t voted recently
  • The poll worker has some reasonable suspicion that leads them to request ID
  • You have to complete a provisional or challenged ballot at the polls

If asked to show an ID to a poll worker, you may show one of the following documents that shows your name and address:

  • A Massachusetts driver’s license
  • A Massachusetts-issued ID
  • A recent utility bill
  • A signed lease
  • A rent receipt
  • Any other document showing your name and address

If it is your first time voting absentee and you did not submit a photo ID or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, government document that shows your name and address, driver’s license, or last four digits of your social security number with your registration, you will need to submit one of the following with your absentee ballot:

  • A copy of a photo ID or
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, government document that shows your name and address

Michigan

If you are voting in person in Michigan, you must present one of the following forms of photo ID at the time you vote:

  • Michigan drivers license
  • Michigan personal ID card
  • Drivers license or personal ID card issued by another state
  • Federal or state government-issued photo ID
  • US passport
  • Military photo ID
  • Student photo ID from a high school or accredited institution of higher education
  • Tribal photo ID
  • Another generally recognized picture ID card

If you don’t have a picture ID card, you may sign a sworn statement to that effect.

Additionally, if you are a first time Michigan voter and registered to vote by mail, you may be required to show your Michigan ID, utility bill, or government document that shows your name and current address.

If you apply for your absentee ballot by mail, you do not have to provide ID with your absentee ballot.

If you apply in-person for your absentee ballot, you must provide one of the following forms of photo ID:

  • Michigan drivers license
  • Michigan personal ID card
  • Drivers license or personal ID card issued by another state
  • Federal or state government-issued photo ID
  • US passport
  • Military photo ID
  • Student photo ID from a high school or accredited institution of higher education
  • Tribal photo ID
  • Another generally recognized picture ID card

If you don’t have a picture ID card, you may sign a sworn statement to that effect.

Minnesota

If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to show ID when you vote in person in Michigan.

If you need to register or to update your registration for any reason (for example, if you have moved or have not voted in four or more years) when you vote, you will need to show proof of residence to vote. Proof of residence includes:

  • A Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, ID, or receipt for any of these that has your current name and address
  • A tribal ID with your name, address, photo, and signature

If you don’t have one of those, bring a combination of other photo ID and another document that shows your current name and address:

  • Accepted photo IDs include an out-of-state driver’s license or ID, US passport, US military or veteran ID, Tribal ID with name, signature and photo, Minnesota university, college, technical college, or high school ID;
  • Accepted documents to prove your residence include a current residential lease, current student fee statement, or a utility bill or bank statement with a date less than 30 days old.

If you are voting by absentee ballot, you do not need to provide ID when you vote, unless you are casting your absentee ballot in person and registering to vote at the same time you vote.

Mississippi

If you are voting in person in Mississippi, you must present one of the following forms of photo ID at the time you vote:

  • A Mississippi driver’s license or ID card issued by the State of Mississippi
  • A current US passport
  • A current employee ID card issued by any agency of the US government, State of Mississippi, or local government unit in Mississippi
  • A current student ID card containing a photograph issued by an accredited institution of higher education in Mississippi
  • A current US military ID card
  • A valid tribal ID card containing a photograph
  • A current and valid Mississippi license to carry a gun

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Missouri

If you are voting in person in Missouri, you must present one of the following forms of photo ID at the time you vote:

  • Non-expired Missouri driver’s license
  • Non-expired Missouri nondriver’s license
  • Other photo ID with expiration date issued by the United States or the state of Missouri;
  • Military ID

If you do not have one of these IDs, you may cast a provisional ballot if you also show another ID issued by the state of Missouri, ID issued by a higher education institution in Missouri, government ID, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check.

If you’ve voted in Missouri before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail.

If you registered by mail and this will be your first time voting and you did not include a form of ID when you registered, include a copy of one of the following forms of ID with your ballot request form:

  • Photo ID issued by the federal government, Missouri, another state, or an institution of higher education in Missouri
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check
  • Any government document that shows your name and address

Montana

  • Before Election Day
    If you’ve voted in Montana before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote early in person. If you’re voting for the first time in Montana and didn’t provide your driver’s license number, last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or a copy of ID when you registered to vote, be sure to bring one of the following:

    • Photo ID that shows your name, including a driver’s license, school ID card or tribal photo ID
    • Document such as a utility bill, bank statement, pay statement, confirmation of voter registration, government check, or other government document that that shows your name and current address

    Election Day
    Be sure to bring one of the following:

    • A Montana driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, or other photo ID showing your name
    • A document displaying your name and current address, such as:
    • A current utility bill
    • A bank statement
    • A paycheck
    • A government check
    • Any other government document showing your name and address

    If you don’t have any of these, you can fill out a Polling Place Elector ID form. If the election worker is able to verify the information on the form, you can still vote.

If you’ve voted in Montana before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail.

If you’re voting for the first time in Montana and didn’t provide your driver’s license number, last 4 digits of your social security number, or a copy of your ID when you registered to vote, be sure to attach one of the following to your mail ballot:

  • Photo ID that shows your name, including a driver’s license, school ID card or tribal photo ID
  • Document such as a utility bill, bank statement, pay statement, confirmation of voter registration, government check, or other government document that that shows your name and current address

Nebraska

If you’re voting for the first time in Nebraska, registered to vote by mail and didn’t include a copy of your ID when you registered, you’ll need to include a copy of your ID when you vote early or on Election Day. Bring or include a copy of one of the following:

  • Any current photo ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

If you’re voting for the first time in Nebraska, registered to vote by mail and didn’t include a copy of your ID when you registered, you’ll need to include a copy of one of the following with your absentee ballot:

  • Any current photo ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

Nevada

If you are not voting for the first time in Nevada, you do not need to bring ID with you to vote in person.

If you’re a first-time voter, registered by mail or online, didn’t include a copy of ID when you registered, and didn’t provide a valid driver’s license number or social security number on your application, be sure to bring one of the following:

  • A current photo ID that shows your address
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address (however, a voter registration ID is not accepted)

You’re only required to provide ID if you’re a first-time voter in Nevada, didn’t provide a copy of an ID when you registered to vote, and are voting by mail. Include a copy of one of the following with your mail ballot:

  • A current Nevada driver’s license
  • A current Nevada ID card
  • A current ID card issued by the US Armed Forces
  • A current ID card issued by a public school, college, or university in Nevada
  • A current US passport
  • A current tribal identification card

If your ID from the list above doesn’t include the address where you’re registered to vote, you’ll also need include a copy of one of the following that includes that address:

  • Current utility bill, including for electricity, gas, oil, water, sewer, septic, telephone, cellular telephone, or cable television
  • Current bank or credit union statement
  • Current paycheck
  • Current income tax return
  • Current statement regarding a mortgage, rental, or lease of a residence
  • Current motor vehicle registration
  • Current document issued by a governmental agency
  • Current property tax statement

New Hampshire

If you are voting in person in New Hampshire, you must present one of the following forms of photo ID at the time you vote:

  • A driver’s license issued by any state or the federal government
  • An ID card issued by any state
  • A New Hampshire photo ID for voting identification only
  • A US armed services ID card
  • A US passport
  • A valid student ID card from a college, university, or career school approved or licensed to operate in New Hampshire; a public or accredited private high school in New Hampshire; Dartmouth College; or a college or university operated by the university system or community college system of New Hampshire

If you don’t have one of these IDs, you can either:

  • Have your identity verified by a voting official at your voting location
  • Be photographed by a voting official at your voting location before you vote (if you object to being photographed for religious reasons, you can sign a sworn statement instead)

You do not need an ID to vote absentee by mail.

If you plan to cast your absentee ballot in person, you will be required to provide photo ID.  See the section on In Person Voter ID Requirements for a complete list of valid forms of ID.

New Jersey

If you’ve voted in New Jersey before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.

If you’re voting for the first time in your county, registered to vote by mail, and didn’t provide an ID number or copy of ID when you registered, bring one of the following to vote:

  • Current photo ID (including a New Jersey driver’s license, a military or other government ID, a student or job ID, or US passport)
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, pay statement, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address

If you’ve voted in New Jersey before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail.

If you’re voting for the first time in your county, registered to vote by mail, and didn’t provide an ID number or copy of ID when you registered, attach a copy of one of the following to vote to your ballot:

  • Current photo ID (including a New Jersey driver’s license, a military or other government ID, a student or job ID, or US passport)
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, pay statement, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address

New Mexico

Most voters aren’t required to show ID for New Mexico state elections, but some municipal jurisdictions require voter ID. These include the City of Albuquerque and the City of Rio Rancho.

For state elections, if you’ve voted in New Mexico before or if you’re voting for the first time after registering in person, you don’t need to show ID to vote.

If you’re voting in New Mexico for the first time, registered to vote by mail, and didn’t include a copy of your ID when you registered, be sure to bring one of the following to vote in person early or on Election Day:

  • Photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Student ID card
  • ID issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo
  • Other government document that shows your name and current address

If you’ve voted in New Mexico before or if you’re voting for the first time after registering in person, you don’t need to provide ID when you vote by absentee ballot.

If you’re voting in New Mexico for the first time, registered to vote by mail, and didn’t include a copy of your ID when you registered, be sure to attach a copy of one of the following  with your absentee ballot:

  • Photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Student ID card
  • ID issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo
  • Other government document that shows your name and current address

New York

If you’ve voted in a federal election in New York before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.

If you’re voting in a federal election in New York for the first time, you submitted your registration by mail, and you didn’t provide a driver’s license or state ID number, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or a copy of your New York driver’s license, photo ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you may need to show one of these documents when you vote in person on Election Day.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

North Carolina

If you’re not voting for the first time in North Carolina, you don’t need to show ID to vote in person.

If you’re a first-time voter, you registered to vote by mail, and you did not provide your state-issued ID number (driver’s license, non-operators ID card, or NC Voter Registration number) when you registered, you should plan to show ID when you vote at the polls.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current and valid photo ID
  • Military ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and current address

 

If you plan to vote by absentee ballot in North Carolina, you will be asked to provide your state-issued ID number (driver’s license, non-operators ID card, or NC Voter Registration number) or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your absentee ballot application.

If you are unable to provide one of those, you can send a photocopy of one of the following forms of ID with your application:

  • Current and valid photo ID
  • Military ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and current address

North Dakota

If you are voting in person in North Dakota (including during early voting), you must present one of the following forms of ID (or a combination of IDs) that shows your name, ND address and your birth date at the time you vote:

  • Current driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card
  • Tribal government issued identification
  • Long-term care certificate (provided by ND facility)
  • Another form of ID that shows your name, ND address, and birth date, such as:
    • a current utility bill
    • a current bank statement
    • a check issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government
    • a paycheck
    • a document issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government.

If you are not able to show a valid form of ID but assert qualification as an elector, you will be permitted to mark a ballot and bring valid ID following Election Day to have your vote counted.

North Dakota requires you to provide one of the following forms of ID containing your name, residence address, and date of birth when you vote by absentee ballot:

  • North Dakota form of identification listed above
  • Military ID – Only for uniformed service or family member stationed away from North Dakota residence.
  • Passport – Only for North Dakota residents outside the United States.
  • Attester – An applicant without a valid form of identification may use an attester. The attester must provide his or her name, North Dakota driver’s license, non-driver’s, or tribal identification number, and sign the absentee/mail ballot application form to attest to the applicant’s North Dakota residency and voting eligibility.

Ohio

If you are voting in person in Ohio, you must present one of the following forms of ID at the time you vote:

    • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or ID
    • An unexpired photo ID issued by Ohio or the US government that includes your name and current address
    • A military ID
    • A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check that includes your name and current address
    • Any government document that shows your name and address

When you send in your absentee ballot application, you will have to provide ONE of the following:

  • your driver’s license number (which begins with two alphabet letters followed by six numbers);
  • the last four digits of your Social Security number;
  • a photocopy of a current and valid photo ID or military ID; or
  • a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and current address.

Oklahoma

If you are voting in person in Oklahoma, you must present one of the following forms of ID at the time you vote:

  • A current Oklahoma driver’s license
  • A current photo ID issued by Oklahoma, the US government, or a federally recognized tribal government
  • A military photo ID
  • A county election board voter ID card

If you do not have an ID, you can cast a provisonal ballot and sign an affidavit. Your vote will be counted after the election if your name, address, date of birth, and either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on the affidavit match what is in the voter registration database.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Oregon

No ID required in Oregon.

No ID required in Oregon.

Pennsylvania

If you’re voting for the first time at your voting location, bring one of the following photo IDs with you:

  • PA driver’s license or PennDOT ID
  • Photo ID issued by any Pennsylvania agency or the US government
  • US passport
  • US Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

If you don’t have a photo ID you can bring non-photo ID that shows your name and address, such as:

  • Confirmation from a county voter registration office
  • Non-photo ID issued by Pennsylvania or the US government
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check

Pennsylvania requires you to provide your PA driver’s license or PennDOT ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number when you vote by absentee ballot.

If you don’t have any of those, you must attach a copy of one of the following photo IDs with your ballot application (or alternatively, with your ballot) that shows your name, photo, and has an expiration date that’s current:

  1. Photo ID issued by the Commonwealth of PA or the U.S. Government (including a U.S. Passport)
    PA driver’s license or non-driver’s license photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date)
  2. PA Department of State Voter ID Card available at a DLC
  3. Photo ID from an accredited PA public or private institution of higher learning, including colleges, universities, seminaries, community colleges and other two-year colleges
  4. Photo ID issued by a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes
  5. U.S. military ID – active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain an expiration date
  6. Employee photo ID issued by U.S., PA, PA County or PA Municipal government

**You will have six calendar days following the election to provide valid ID or sign an affidavit saying that you are indigent and cannot obtain proof of identification**. You do not need to provide photo ID if you have a disability or are over 65 and affected by the Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act.

 

Rhode Island

If you are voting in person in Rhode Island, you must present one of the following forms of ID at the time you vote:

  • Rhode Island driver’s license
  • US passport
  • Photo ID issued by a school or college in the US
  • US military ID
  • Photo ID issued by the US government or State of Rhode Island
  • Government issued medical photo ID
  • Rhode Island voter ID card
  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

South Carolina

You must bring one of the following photo IDs with you to vote early in person or on Election Day:

  • South Carolina driver’s license
  • South Carolina ID card with a photo
  • US Armed Forces ID with a photo
  • US passport

If you can’t get an ID for one of the following reasons, you can bring your non-photo voter registration card and certify that you can’t get an ID:

  • Disability or illness
  • Lack of transportation
  • Lack of birth certificate
  • Family responsibilities or a conflict with work schedule
  • A religious objection to being photographed
  • Any other obstacle that the voter determines is a “reasonable” obstacle to obtaining a photo ID

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID when voting by mail.

Absentee voters do need to provide the same type of ID as in-person voters when voting by absentee ballot in person.

South Dakota

You must provide one of the following forms of photo ID when you vote early or on Election Day:

  • A South Dakota driver’s license
  • A South Dakota non-driver ID card
  • A US government photo ID card
  • A US Armed Forces ID card
  • A current student photo ID card from a South Dakota high school
  • A current student photo ID card from an accredited college, university, or postsecondary institution of higher education
  • A photo ID card from a federally recognized tribal government

If you don’t have any of these when you vote early or on Election Day, you can fill out an affidavit confirming your identity and still be allowed to vote.

You must include a copy of one of the following forms of photo ID with your absentee application form when you mail it:

  • A South Dakota driver’s license
  • A South Dakota non-driver ID card
  • A US government photo ID card
  • A US Armed Forces ID card
  • A current student photo ID card from a South Dakota high school
  • A current student photo ID card from an accredited college, university, or postsecondary institution of higher education
  • A photo ID card from a federally recognized tribal government.

Tennessee

If you are voting in person in Tennessee, you must present one of the following forms of photo ID when you vote early or on Election Day (these IDs may be either expired or unexpired):

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

A student ID will NOT meet this requirement.

You can cast a vote without a photo ID if you sign an affidvait saying that you are indigent and cannot afford an ID or if you have a religious objection to being photographed.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID in Tennessee.

Texas

If you are voting in person in Texas, you must present photo ID at the time you vote.  Your photo ID must be current or expired for no more than 4 years. (If you are 70 years old or more, your ID can be expired for any length of time, as long as it is otherwise valid.)

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Department of Public Safety
  • Texas election ID certificate
  • Texas personal ID card
  • Texas license to carry a handgun
  • US military ID card with your photograph
  • US citizenship certificate containing your photograph (doesn’t need to be current)
  • US passport

If you don’t have any of these, you’ll need to (1) sign a sworn statement that there is a reason why you don’t have any of the IDs listed above, and (2) bring one of the following:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Current utility bill
  • Government check
  • Paystub or bank statement that includes your name and address
  • copy of certified domestic birth certificate
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

ID isn’t required to vote by mail unless you are a first time voter who did not provide a photo ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number when you registered to vote.

Utah

If you are voting in person in Utah (early or on Election Day), you must present one of the following forms of photo ID at the time you vote:

  • Utah driver’s license
  • Utah ID card
  • ID issued by Utah or a federal government agency
  • Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon
  • US passport
  • A US military ID card
  • Tribal ID card, Bureau of Indian Affairs card, or tribal treaty card (even if it doesn’t include your photo)

If you don’t have a photo ID you can bring any two of the following with you to vote:

  • A utility bill or copy of a utility bill dated on or after Aug 10
  • A bank or other financial account statement or copy of a statement
  • A certified birth certificate
  • A Social Security card
  • A check issued by the state or federal government or a copy of a check
  • A paycheck from your employer or a copy of a paycheck
  • A currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license
  • Certified naturalization documents, but not a green card
  • A certified copy of court records showing your adoption or name change
  • A Medicaid or Medicare or Electronic Benefits Transfer card;
  • An ID card issued by a local government within Utah
  • An ID card issued by your employer
  • An ID card issued by a college, university, technical school or professional school within Utah
  • A current Utah vehicle registration

Some voters may be required to provide ID with their mail ballot. If your ballot includes a notice from your County Clerk that ID is required, attach a copy of one of the following:

  • Utah driver’s license
  • Utah ID card
  • ID issued by Utah or a federal government agency
  • Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon
  • US passport
  • A US military ID card
  • Tribal ID card, Bureau of Indian Affairs card, or tribal treaty card (even if it doesn’t include your photo)

If you don’t have a photo ID you can attach any two of the following to your mail-in ballot:

  • A utility bill or copy of a utility bill dated on or after Aug 10
  • A bank or other financial account statement or copy of a statement
  • A certified birth certificate
  • A Social Security card
  • A check issued by the state or federal government or a copy of a check
  • A paycheck from your employer or a copy of a paycheck
  • A currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license
  • Certified naturalization documents, but not a green card
  • A certified copy of court records showing your adoption or name change
  • A Medicaid or Medicare or Electronic Benefits Transfer card;
  • An ID card issued by a local government within Utah
  • An ID card issued by your employer
  • An ID card issued by a college, university, technical school or professional school within Utah
  • A current Utah vehicle registration

Vermont

If you’ve voted in Vermont before or if you’re voting for the first time and provided ID when you registered, you do not need to show ID to vote.

If you’re voting for the first time in Vermont, registered to vote by mail or online, and didn’t provide ID when you registered to vote, be sure to bring one of the following when you vote at the polls:

  • Valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state ID card; or
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address.

If you’ve voted in Vermont before or if you’re voting for the first time and provided ID when you registered, you do not provide ID when submitting your absentee ballot.

If you’re voting for the first time in Vermont, registered to vote by mail or online, and didn’t provide ID when you registered to vote, be sure to include a copy of the following when you submit your absentee ballot:

  • Valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state ID card; or
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Virginia

All Virginia voters must bring one of the following forms of photo ID to vote early or on Election Day:

  • A Virginia driver’s license or Photo ID
  • A Veteran’s ID from the Virginia DMV
  • US Military ID
  • A US Passport or Passport Card
  • A student photo ID issued by any institution of higher education or any private school in Virginia
  • A Virginia photo voter ID obtained from a local general registrar’s office
  • Another photo ID issued by the federal government, Virginia, or a local body of Virginia government
  • An employee photo ID issued by your employer
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID if issued by one of 11 tribes recognized by Virginia
  • Nursing home resident ID if issued by a government facility

You do not need to provide ID to cast an absentee ballot by mail in Virginia.  If you vote absentee in person, you will be required to bring photo ID.  See the section on In-Person Voter ID Requirements for a complete list of acceptable forms of photo ID to bring to the polls.

Washington

Photo ID required

All Washington counties now vote by mail. However, county auditors must open at least one vote center where voters can cast their ballot in person. Voters who wish to vote in person are the only voters subject to ID requirements.

Be sure to bring one of the following photo IDs:

  • A Washington driver’s license or state ID card
  • A student ID card
  • A tribal ID card
  • Employer ID card

If you don’t have a photo ID and want to vote in person, you’ll have to vote a provisional ballot. Your ballot will count if the signature on your ballot declaration matches the signature on your voter registration record.

You do not need to provide ID to vote by absentee ballot.

West Virginia

If you are voting in person in West Virginia early or on Election Day, you will need to provide one of the following identifying documents when you vote:

  • valid West Virginia driver’s license or ID card;
  • A valid driver’s license issued by a state other than West Virginia;
  • a valid US passport;
  • a valid employee ID card with your photo issued by a West Virginia state or local government or by the federal government;
  • a valid student ID with your photo issued by a high school or instiution of higher education in West Virginia;
  • A valid military ID card with your photograph;
  • A valid concealed carry permit with your photograph;
  • A valid Medicare card or Social Security card;
  • A valid birth certificate;
  • A valid West Virginia voter registration card;
  • A valid hunting or fishing license issued by the State of West Virginia;
  • A valid identification card issued to the voter by the West Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or Medicaid A valid bank card or valid debit card;
  • A valid utility bill or bank statement issued within six months of the date of the election;
  • A valid health insurance card issued to the voter;
  • Copy of a current utility bill;
  • Any other current government document that shows your name and address

If you are voting in West Virginia by mail, you will need to submit a copy of one of the following valid identifying documents with your ballot:

  • valid West Virginia driver’s license or ID card;
  • A valid driver’s license issued by a state other than West Virginia;
  • a valid US passport;
  • a valid employee ID card with your photo issued by a West Virginia state or local government or by the federal government;
  • a valid student ID with your photo issued by a high school or instiution of higher education in West Virginia;
  • A valid military ID card with your photograph;
  • A valid concealed carry permit with your photograph;
  • A valid Medicare card or Social Security card;
  • A valid birth certificate;
  • A valid West Virginia voter registration card;
  • A valid hunting or fishing license issued by the State of West Virginia;
  • A valid identification card issued to the voter by the West Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or Medicaid A valid bank card or valid debit card;
  • A valid utility bill or bank statement issued within six months of the date of the election;
  • A valid health insurance card issued to the voter;
  • Copy of a current utility bill;
  • Any other current government document that shows your name and address

Wisconsin

If you are voting in person in Wisconsin (early or on Election Day), you must present valid photo ID at the time you vote.  The following forms of ID are acceptable for voting purposes and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election (currently, the November 8, 2016 election):

  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card or driver license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
  • Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
  • A U.S. passport
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (can be expired or unexpired)

These photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes, but must be unexpired:

  • A veteran’s photo identification card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs
  • A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of Election Day at which it is presented
  • A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
  • An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
  • A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university, college or technical college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance.  (Also, the university, college, or technical college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment.)

Important things to know:

  • There is no such thing as a “Wisconsin Voter ID Card.”  The new Voter Photo ID Law uses existing photo IDs for people to prove their identity before voting.
  • The address on your ID doesn’t have to be current. And the name on your ID doesn’t need to be an exact match for your name in the poll book. (So, Richards who go by Rich, Bobs who are also Roberts, and Susans with IDs for Sue can all relax.)
  • Of course, there are certain requirements. Your ID should look like you.  Even if you’ve colored your hair, shaved your beard or lost some weight, as long as your photo ID reasonably resembles you, it should be accepted.

When voting by absentee ballot, you must submit a copy of a valid photo ID with your absentee ballot unless you are exempt from this requirement by statute (typically, certain military and overseas voters) or may have an alternative process to verify your identity.

Wyoming

If you’ve voted in Wyoming before or if you’re voting for the first time after registering in person, you don’t need to show ID to vote.

If you registered to vote by mail and are voting in Wyoming for the first time, be sure to bring your Wyoming driver’s license, Wyoming state ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you vote.

If you’re registering to vote on Election Day, be sure to bring one of the following to register:

  • Wyoming driver’s license
  • Different state or US territory driver’s license
  • ID card issued by a local, state or federal government or agency
  • US passport
  • Photo ID card issued by the University of Wyoming, a Wyoming Community College, or a Wyoming Public School
  • US Military ID

If you don’t have any of the above, you must bring two of the following to register:

  • Certification of US citizenship or naturalization
  • Draft record
  • Voter registration card from another state
  • Original or certified copy of brith certificate bearing an original seal
  • Certificate of birth abroad issued by the US State Department
  • Any form of ID ussed by an official agency

If you’ve voted in Wyoming before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail.

If you registered to vote by mail and are voting in Wyoming for the first time, be sure to enclose a copy of your Wyoming driver’s license, Wyoming state ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you return your ballot.

Resources and off-site links

  • The bulk of our in-person voter ID information comes from the National Conference of State Legislatures, which is a fantastic resource.
  • We contacted the Secretaries of State and/or Local Election Officials directly to gather the absentee voter ID information.