Voter ID Laws

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.

StateIn-Person Voter ID LawsAbsentee 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

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, 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

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

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
  • Another generally recognized picture ID cardIf 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.

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Minnesota

You’re only required to show an ID when you vote if you’re registering to vote when you vote in person, or if your registration is not current and active.

To register when you vote in person, bring one of the following:

  • 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 any of these, bring a combination of 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

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID.

Mississippi

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

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

  • 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

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 personIf 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 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 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

Nevada

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

You must provide one of the following forms of photo ID when 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 New Hampshire school

    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)

Absentee voters do not need to provide 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. Voters who registered in New Mexico for the first time, submitted their registration by mail, and didn’t include a copy of their ID when they registered must bring a copy of one of the following:

  • 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

Most absentee voters do not need to provide ID.  Voters who registered in New Mexico for the first time, submitted their registration by mail, and didn’t include a copy of their ID when they registered, must enclose a copy of one of the following:

  • 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 New York before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.

If you’re voting for the first time in New York, submitted your registration by mail, and didn’t provide a copy of your New York driver’s license, 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 documents when you vote in person on Election Day.

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 name, ND address and your birth date.

Valid ID includes:

  • Current driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card
  • Tribal government issued identification
  • Long-term care certificate (provided by ND facility)
  • Voter’s Affidavit (a sworn statement that you are qualified voter who lives in the County where you are casting your vote)

 

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.
  • Voter’s Affidavit (a sworn statement that you are qualified voter who lives in the County where you are casting your vote)

Ohio

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

    • 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 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

All voters must bring one of the following forms of ID to vote in person:

  • 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

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

If you don’t have a Pennsylvania driver’s license number, state ID number, or Social Security number, 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**

 

Rhode Island

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

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.

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

You must provide 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

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID in Tennessee.

Texas

If you have one, bring one of the following. The ID must be current, or be expired for less than 4 years:

  • 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 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.

Utah

Bring one of the following with you to vote early and on Election Day:

  • 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
  • Tribal ID 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 Utah hunting or fishing license
  • A US military ID card
  • Certified naturalization documents, but not a green card
  • A certified copy of court records showing your adoption or name change
  • A Bureau of Indian Affairs card
  • A tribal treaty card
  • 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
  • Tribal ID 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 Utah hunting or fishing license
  • A US military ID card
  • Certified naturalization documents, but not a green card
  • A certified copy of court records showing your adoption or name change
  • A Bureau of Indian Affairs card
  • A tribal treaty card
  • 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

Vermont

No ID required to vote in person before Election Day

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

  • 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

Absentee voters do not need to provide ID in Vermont.

Virginia

All Virginia voters must bring one of the following forms of photo voter ID to vote early or on Election Day. IDs will be accepted if they are either current or did not expire before Nov. 8, 2015.:

  • 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

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.

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.

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

West Virginia

If you’ve voted in West Virginia before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail or in person

If you registered to vote by mail and this is your first time voting in West Virginia, you’ll need to attach a copy to your mail ballot or bring one of the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Copy of a current utility bill
  • Copy of a current bank statement
  • Copy of a current paycheck
  • Copy of a current government check
  • Copy of other current government document that shows your name and address

If you registered to vote by mail and this is your first time voting in West Virginia, you’ll need to attach a copy of one of the following to your mail ballot:

  • Photo ID
  • Copy of a current utility bill
  • Copy of a current bank statement
  • Copy of a current paycheck
  • Copy of a current government check
  • Copy of other current government document that shows your name and address

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.

Additionally, if you entered the DMV’s ID petition process (IDPP) for a photo ID or have a petition pending for a photo ID, the DMV must issue you a credential valid as a voting ID that you can use to vote instead of a photo ID.

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.

A valid photo ID must be provided when voting by absentee ballot unless you are a type of voter that is either exempt by statute or may have an alternative process to verify your identity.

Wyoming

Before Election Day
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

Election Day
If you’re already registered, you don’t need to show ID to vote

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

  • 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
  • ID Card issued to a dependent of a member of the US Armed Forces
  • An ID card issued by the governing body of the Eastern Shoshone tribe of Wyoming or Northern Arapahoe tribe of Wyoming

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 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.

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