Voter ID Laws

We are in the process of updating this page for the 2016 General Election.  In the meantime, please visit our friends at NCSL — http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx

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

When you vote, you must present a valid photo ID from the following list:

  • 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 ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state
  • US military photo ID card
  • Tribal photo ID card

 

Absentee voters are required to provide a copy of a valid photo ID from the following list:

  • 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 ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Student or employee ID issued by a state institution of higher learning in any other state
  • US military photo ID card
  • Tribal photo ID card

Alaska

You must present one of the following forms of ID when you vote:

    • Driver’s license or state ID
    • Voter Id Card
    • Military ID
    • Passport
    • Hunting or fishing license
    • Any valid photo ID
    • A current utility bill, paycheck, government check, or bank statement
    • Any other document issued by the government

An election official may waive the ID requirement if 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

Bring an accepted form of ID when you vote. This can be a photo ID with your name and address, such as:

  • 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: 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: 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.

Arkansas

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

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, bring one of the following to vote:

  • 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

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

If you’re a first-time voter, registered by mail, and didn’t include your driver’s license number, 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 Nov 4, 2014:

  • 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 send a copy of ID.

If you’re a first-time voter, registered by mail, and didn’t include your driver’s license number, 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 Nov 4, 2014:

  • 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

All Colorado voters who vote in person must provide some form of ID. All the forms of ID that show your address must be a Colorado address in order for the form of ID to qualify.

Accepted IDs include:

  • A 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 the name and address of the elector.
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood.
  • A Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • 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 issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration with a photograph.
  • An ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.

If you recently registered for the first time, you’ll need to provide a photocopy of your ID along with your mail ballot. All the forms of ID that show your address must be a Colorado address in order for the form of ID to qualify.

Include one of the following:

  • A 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 US government, state of Colorado, or 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 the name and address of the elector.
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood.
  • A Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • 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 issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration with a photograph.
  • 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 IDs:

  • 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:

  • 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

ID is not required, but bring one of the following if you have it to speed up the process:

  • 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.

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:

  • A government-issued photo ID
  • A 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 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 to your mail ballot:

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

Florida

Bring one of the following IDs that shows your photo and signature:

  • 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 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

All Georgia voters who vote in person (including voting early) must provide one of the following forms of ID:

  • 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

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

ID is only required in Hawaii if you’re a first time voter who registered by mail and you didn’t provide ID when you registered. If this applies to you, bring one of the following to vote:

  • 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.

ID is only required in Hawaii if you’re a first time voter who registered by mail and you didn’t provide ID when you registered. If this applies to you, attach to your mail ballot one of the following to vote:

  • 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

You must show one of the following forms of ID when you vote early in person or on Election Day:

  • 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

If you don’t have ID, you’ll need to sign a sworn statement at the polling place swearing to your identity in order to vote

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

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, or a copy of a current ID or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you’ll need to provide one of these when you vote in person during early voting or on Election Day.

Attach a copy one of the following forms of ID:

  • 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

Be sure to bring an ID that meets these 4 requirements:

  • Displays your photo
  • Displays your name
  • Has an expiration date that shows the ID hasn’t expired or expired after Nov 4, 2014
    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’re not voting for the first time in Iowa, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail or in person

You might need to show ID if you’ve never voted in Iowa before, you registered by mail, and you did not include your Iowa driver’s license number, Iowa non-operator’s ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration form.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

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

Absentee voters do not need to show ID.

Kansas

You must provide 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

You must bring one of the following forms of ID to vote early or on Election Day:

  • 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

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Louisiana

Bring one of the following (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, also bring a photo ID, utility bill, bank statement, or other government document that shows your name and address.

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 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

Voters do not need to show ID at the polls.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Massachusetts

Voters do not need to show ID at the polls.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Michigan

You must provide one of the following forms of photo ID when 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

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Minnesota

Voters do not need to show ID at the polls.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Mississippi

You must provide one of the following forms of photo ID when you vote:

  • Mississippi Voter ID Card
  • Drivers license
  • Photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the state of Mississippi
  • US passport
  • Government employee ID card
  • Firearms license
  • Student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college
  • US military ID
  • Tribal photo ID
  • Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Missouri

You must provide one of the following forms of ID when you vote:

  • ID issued by the federal government, state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority
  • ID issued by Missouri institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school
  • 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
  • Drivers license or state ID card issued by another state.
  • Alternatively, you may vote if two (2) supervising election judges, one from each major political party, attest that they know you.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Montana

You must provide one of the following forms of ID when you vote:

  • Drivers license
  • School district or postsecondary education photo identification
  • Tribal photo identification
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, notice of confirmation of voter registration, government check, or other government document that shows your name and current address

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Nebraska

Voters do not need to show ID at the polls.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Nevada

Voters do not need to show ID at the polls.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

New Hampshire

You must provide one of the following forms of photo ID when you vote:

  • Drivers license from NH or any other state, regardless of expiration date
  • Photo ID card issued by the NH director of motor vehicles
  • Voter ID card issued under R.S. 260:21
  • US armed services photo ID card
  • US passport, regardless of expiration date
  • Valid student ID card
  • Any other valid photo ID issued by federal, state, county or municipal government
  • Any other photo ID that is determined to be legitimate by the supervisors of the checklist, the moderator, or the town or city clerk, provided that if any person authorized to challenge a voter under RSA 659:27 objects to the use of such photo identification, the voter shall be required to execute a qualified voter affidavit as if no identification was presented.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

New Jersey

You do not need to show ID in New Jersey when you vote unless you are a first-time voter and you did not include your driver license number or social security number on your voter registration form.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

New Mexico

In person voters do not need to show ID at the polls.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

New York

Voters do not need to show ID at the polls.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

North Carolina

ID not required, unless you registered to vote by mail without providing your state-issued ID number (driver’s license, non-operators ID card, or NC Voter Registration number), and are voting for the first time.

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

 

When you send in your absentee ballot application , you will need to provide either 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.

If you do not provide your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number, you can send a photocopy of one of the following forms of ID with your request.

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

North Dakota

You must provide ID (or a combination of IDs) that shows your ND address and your birthdate:

  • North Dakota valid driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card
  • Valid North Dakota tribal government issued identification card
  • Student identification certificate (provided by a North Dakota college or university)
  • Long term care identification certificate (provided by a North Dakota facility)
  • US Passport
  • Military ID (pending: only for North Dakota residents living outside the United States who do not possess one of the other forms of identification)
  • pending: an ID card from a federal agency
  • pending: an out of state driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card;
  • an ID card issued by a tribal government;
  • pending: a valid student ID card; a military ID card;
  • pending; a utility bill dated 30 days before Election Day, including cell phone bills and student housing bills (online printouts acceptable);
  • pending: a change of address verification letter from the U.S. Postal Service.
  • pending: If you cannot produce the above ID:
    • a member of Election Day board or a poll clerk that knows you can simply vouch for you, or
    • you can execute an affidavit swearing under penalty of perjury that he or she was a qualified elector in the precinct.

 

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

  • North Dakota valid driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card
  • Valid North Dakota tribal government issued identification card
  • Student identification certificate (provided by a North Dakota college or university)
  • Long term care identification certificate (provided by a North Dakota facility)
  • Passport or military ID (only for North Dakota residents living outside the United States who do not possess one of the other forms of identification)

If you do not have one of the above forms of ID, you may use an Attester. The Attester must provide his or her name, North Dakota drivers license, non-drivers, or tribal identification number, and sign the absentee/mail ballot application form to attest to your North Dakota residency and voting eligibility.

Ohio

You must provide one of the following forms of ID when you vote in person:

  • current and valid photo ID, defined as a document that shows the individual’s name and current address, includes a photograph, includes an expiration date that has not passed, and was issued by the US government or the state of Ohio
  • current utility bill
  • current bank statement
  • current government check, paycheck or other government document

When you send in your absentee ballot application, you will have to provide either your driver’s license number (which begins with two alphabet letters followed by six numbers) OR the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Alternatively, you can provide a photocopy of one of the following forms of ID when you mail in 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

Oklahoma

When you vote, you must provide either:

  • Your voter registration card or
  • A photo ID that shows your name, your photograph, and an expiration date that is AFTER Election Day. This photo ID must be issued by the US Government, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized Indian tribe or nation

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Oregon

No ID required in Oregon.

No ID required in Oregon.

Pennsylvania

In-person voters do not need to show ID at the polls.

You will need to provide either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number to vote absentee. You can provide the number to your county by phone, email, or mail.

Alternatively, you can provide a copy of one of the following forms of ID when you mail in your application:

  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 have 6 days following Election Day to provide the necessary identification to your county.

Rhode Island

You must provide one of the following forms of current and valid photo ID when you vote:

  • Rhode Island driver’s license
  • Rhode Island voter ID card
  • US passport
  • ID card issued by a US educational institution
  • US military ID card
  • ID card issued by the US government or state of Rhode Island
  • Government-issued medical card

No ID required for absentee voters.

South Carolina

You must provide one of the following forms of photo ID when you vote:

  • South Carolina driver’s license or non-driver’s photo ID card
  • US passport
  • Military photo ID card
  • South Carolina voter registration card with a photo

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

South Dakota

You must provide one of the following forms of photo ID when you vote:

  • South Dakota driver’s license or nondriver ID card
  • US passport
  • photo ID issued by an agency of the US government
  • tribal photo ID card
  • student photo ID card issued by an accredited South Dakota school
  • You can also sign an affidavit, containing your name, address, and signature, in lieu of ID.

The South Dakota absentee ballot application has an oath that must be signed and stamped by a notary public or other officer authorized by statute to administer an oath.

If you don’t have an authorized witness sign and stamp your request, then you must provide a copy of one of the following forms of photo ID with your absentee ballot request:

  • South Dakota driver’s license or nondriver ID card
  • US passport
  • photo ID issued by an agency of the US government
  • tribal photo ID card
  • student photo ID card issued by an accredited South Dakota school

Tennessee

You must provide one of the following forms of photo ID when you vote:

  • Tennessee driver’s license
  • valid photo ID card issued by any state
  • valid photo ID license issued by the TN Dept. of Safety
  • valid US passport
  • valid US military photo ID

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID in Tennessee.

Texas

You must provide one of the following forms of current and valid photo ID (no more than 60 days expired) when you vote:

  • Texas driver’s license
  • Texas election ID certificate
  • Department of Public Safety personal ID card
  • US military ID
  • US citizenship certificate (does not require an expiration date)
  • US passport
  • License to carry a concealed handgun issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety

Under Texas’s strict new voter ID law, if you are a first-time voter who did not provide either your driver’s license number or your Social Security number on your voter registration form, you MUST provide a copy of one of the following forms of photo ID with your absentee ballot request. This rule does not apply if you are disabled, in the military, or living overseas. However, your Texas County Elections Office should mail you a special form attesting to that effect, which you must complete and return.

  • Texas driver’s license
  • Texas election ID certificate
  • Department of Public Safety personal ID card
  • US military ID
  • US citizenship certificate (does not require an expiration date)
  • US passport
  • License to carry a concealed handgun issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety

Utah

You must provide one of the following forms of ID when you vote in Utah:

  • current and valid UT driver’s license
  • current and valid ID card issued by the state or federal government UT
    concealed weapon permit
  • US passport
  • current and valid US military ID card
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs card
  • Tribal treaty card
  • Tribal ID card
  • two forms of ID that bear your name provide evidence that you reside in the precinct

 

Alternatively, a county clerk can verify your identity and residence if you cannot provide ID by other means.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID in Utah.

Vermont

Voters do not need to show ID in Vermont.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID in Vermont.

Virginia

You must provide one of the following forms of current and valid photo ID when you vote:

  • Virginia voter registration card
  • US passport
  • Virginia driver’s license
  • any other photo ID card issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States
  • any valid student photo ID card issued by any institution of higher education located in Virginia
    employee photo ID card

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID in Virginia.

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.

You must provide a valid photo ID when you vote in person, such as:

  • state drivers license
  • state ID card
  • student ID card
  • tribal ID card
  • employer ID card

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID in Washington state.

West Virginia

West Virginia voters do not need to show ID.

West Virginia voters do not need to show ID.

Wisconsin

NOTE: Wisconsin voters who do not have the required forms of identification to vote (below) can still vote in the 2016 general election by signing affidavits swearing to their identity.

These IDs are acceptable for voting purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election (currently, the November 4, 2014 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 (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.)

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.
  • A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license that is dated within 60 days of the date of Election Day.

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.

We’re currently trying to whether absentee voters need to provide ID. It’s best to contact your Local Election Official if you have any questions.

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.

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