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2020 voter ID laws

Here are federal voter ID laws and state-specific voter ID laws. The federal law is simple: the Help America Vote Act of 2002 established that first-time voters who register to vote by mail need to prove their identity before voting. If you put your in-state driver’s license number on the voter registration form, you probably met this requirement already. If not, just plan on showing ID when you vote. You can show a photo ID that includes your name and current address, or any official document that shows your name and current address. Official documents include bank statements, pay stubs, rental leases, utility bills, or any document sent to you by any state or federal government agency that shows your name and full address.

State laws are not simple, and they change depending on whether you are voting in person or by mail. States are also picky. Some states won’t accept an ID from another state, some states won’t accept a student ID, and some states won’t accept an expired ID.

The absolute best form of voter ID is a non-expired driver’s license or state ID card that shows your full name and current address. If you have a state-issued ID, please use that when voting.

If you have any questions about voter ID, please contact your Local Election Office. If you need help getting a voter ID, please visit voteriders.org. If anything on this page is incorrect, please send an email to error@voteamerica.com.

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Alabama

All Alabama voters must show a non-expired photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver's license or state ID card from any state; a US passport; a military ID card; an employee ID card issued by any state or federal agency; or a student ID card issued by any college or university in America. You can also show a Tribal ID card.
If you don't have a valid photo ID, you can vote if two election officials vouch for you and if you sign an affidavit.

  • Alabama voters must include a COPY of a valid, government-issued photo ID to request a ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver's license or state ID card; a US passport; a military ID card; a tribal ID; a student or employee ID from any college, university, or technical school in Alabama or any other US state.
  • The voted ballot must either be notarized or signed by two witnesses.
Alaska

All Alaska voters must show a non-expired ID issued by the State of Alaska or the Federal Government. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver's license, state ID card, a military ID, a US passport, a hunting or fishing license.
If you don't have a photo ID, bring a utility bill, paycheck, government check, or bank statement that shows your full name and Alaska address.

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need the last 4 digits of your social security number and either your Alaska driver's license number or state ID number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you must include your Alaska driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number.
  • The voted ballot must either be notarized or signed by a witness who is at least 18 years old.
Arizona

Arizona voters must show ONE photo ID or TWO non-photo IDs that show your name and Arizona address.

  • Acceptable photo IDs include any ID issued by the State of Arizona or the Federal government, such as a driver's license, state ID card, US passport, US military ID card. Your photo ID must be non-expired and show your current address.
  • Acceptable non-photo IDs include TWO documents that show your name and Arizona address. Acceptable documents include utility bills, bank statements, vehicle registration cards, or paychecks that include your full name and Arizona address.
  • If your photo ID doesn't show your current address, you can show ONE photo ID and ONE document that shows your name and current address.
  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need the last 4 digits of your social security number and either your Arizona driver's license number, state ID number, voter ID number, or your house number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you must include your Arizona driver's license number, last 4 digits of your social security number, or place of birth.
  • You do not need ID to return a voted ballot.
Arkansas

All Arkansas voters must show a non-expired photo ID issued by the any US state or the federal government. You can show a driver's license from any state; a non-driver's ID card from any state; a US passport; a military ID card; or any other ID issued by any state or federal agency. You can also show a student ID card issued by an accredited Arkansas college or university. If unable to present a valid form of ID, voters are able to sign a personal identification affidavit.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • Arkansas voters must include a COPY of a valid photo ID with their voted ballots. Acceptable forms of ID must show your name and photo --- and must be issued by the state of Arkansas, the Federal Government, an accredited Arkansas college, university, or trade school. It also must be recent. If the ID is expired, it cannot have expired more than 4 years ago. If unable to present a valid form of ID, voters are able to sign a personal identification affidavit.
California

Most California voters do not need to show ID. First time California voters should plan on showing ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver license from any state, a US passport, a government ID, a military ID, a tribal ID, or a student ID from an accredited college or university; OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and California address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Colorado

Colorado voters must show ID to vote in person. Acceptable forms of ID must be valid and government issued. Acceptable photo ID include: a valid Colorado driver's license, a US passport; an employee photo ID issued by a US government or Colorado agency; a student photo ID issued by a Colorado college or univeristy. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address. Colorado voters may also show a birth certificate or certified naturalization document.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Connecticut

Connecticut voters must show ID to vote in person. Acceptable ID must show your name AND --- photo, signature, or address. Acceptable forms of ID include: a driver's license; a current and valid photo ID card; a student ID card; a social secuirity card; credit card with your name and signature; a utility bill or bank statement that shows your name and address. If you do not have any of these, you may sign a form under penalty of false statement

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Delaware

Delaware voters must show valid ID that has your name AND photo or signature to vote in person. If your ID does not show your current address, you must also show ONE document with your name and current address. Acceptable forms of ID include: a current driver's license or state ID card; a uniformed service ID card; a current employer photo ID; a student photo ID, or other ID with current address and either a photo or signature. Acceptable documents with your name and address include: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck. If unable to present a valid form of ID, voters are able to sign a personal identification affidavit.

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your Delaware driver's license number or state ID number. To request a ballot IN PERSON, you must show ID with your name and address, such as a driver's license or a bank statement. To request a ballot by MAIL, you do not need to provide ID.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
District of Columbia

Most DC voters do not need to show ID to vote in person. First time DC voters, voters who have recently moved, or inactive registrants should plan on showing ID. Acceptable forms of photo ID include: a non-expired driver license from any state; a student ID card; a military ID card; a US passport; any other photo ID issued by any state or the federal government. Acceptable forms on non-photo ID include: a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

  • DC voters must include their DC driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of their social security number to request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Florida

Florida voters must show ID with your photo and signature. Acceptable forms of ID include: a Florida driver's license or state ID card; a US passport; a debit or credit card; a military ID; a student ID; a retirement center ID; a neighborhood association ID; a public assistance ID; a veteran health ID card issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs; a license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm; an employee identification card by a US government agency. If your photo ID does not include your signature --- you must include another form of ID with your signature OR sign your name at the polls.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Georgia

Georgia voters must show photo ID to vote in person. Acceptable forms of ID include: a Georgia driver's license; a valid Georgia voter ID; a photo ID issued by the US federal government or the state of Georgia; a student ID card issued by a Georgia public university or college; a valid employee ID from any entity of the U.S. government or state of Georgia; a valid US passport; a military ID; valid tribal ID

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your Georgia driver's license number or state ID number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you do not need ID.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Hawaii

Most Hawaii voters do not need to show ID. First time Hawaii voters should plan on showing ID before voting in person. Acceptable forms of photo ID include: a non-expired driver license from any state; a student ID card; a military ID card; a US passport; any other photo ID issued by any state or the federal government; a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

  • Hawaii voters must include their Hawaii driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of their social security number to request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Idaho

Idaho voters must show photo ID to vote in person. Acceptable forms of ID include: an Idaho driver's license; a photo ID issued by a US government agency or the state of Idaho; a valid US passport; a valid tribal ID; a student photo ID issued by a public school in Idaho; a license to carry concealed weapon. If you are unable to present a valid form of ID, you may sign a personal identification affidavit.

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your Idaho driver's license number or state ID number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you do not need ID.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Illinois

Most Illinois voters do not need to show ID. First time Illinois voters should be prepared to show ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of photo ID include: a non-expired driver license from any state, a student ID card, a military ID card, a US passport, or any other photo ID issued by any state or the federal government. Acceptable forms on non-photo ID include: a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Indiana

All Indiana voters must show an ID that meets four criteria. One, it must show your photo. Two, it must show your name. Three, it cannot be expired. Four, it must be issued by the state of Indiana or the federal government. Examples of acceptable photo ID include an Indiana driver license, an Indiana state ID card, a military ID card, or a US passport.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Iowa

Iowa voters must show photo ID. Acceptable photo ID include: an Iowa driver's license, an Iowa state ID, a military or Veterans ID, a US passport, a tribal ID that has your photo and signature and valid expiration date, a current voter ID. If your valid photo ID does not have your current address, you must also show a document with your name and current address --- such as a residential lease, property tax statement, a utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck, a government check. If you do not have ID, another registered voter may sign a form confirming your identity or you may show your election registration documents.

  • Iowa voters must include their Iowa driver's license, state ID Number, or 4 digit voter PIN located on the voter's Iowa voter ID card to request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Kansas

Kansas voters must show photo ID to vote in person. Acceptable ID include: a driver's license from any US state, a state ID from any US state, a photo ID issued by the federal government or any US state, a concealed carry of handgun license, a US passport, a US government employee ID or badge, a US Military ID, a student ID card issued by a Kansas college or university, a public assistance ID issued by a government agency, a tribal ID. If you are age 65 or over, your photo ID can be expired. If your religious belief do not allow you have photo ID --- then you may sign an affidavit to vote without showing ID.

  • Kansas voters must include their driver's license number or state ID number to request a ballot. If you do not have either of these, you may include a COPY of a government-issued valid photo ID -- such as a student ID card or employee ID card issued by the state of Kansas or the US government.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Kentucky

Kentucky voters must show photo ID to vote in person. Acceptable forms of ID include: a Kentucky driver's license; a Military photo ID; a US Passport; a student photo ID issued by a US public or private college, university, or postgraduate technical or professional school.

If a voter does not have valid ID, they may sign a form saying they could not get an acceptable ID due to one of the reasons listed on the form, such as --- work schedule or afraid of exposing themselves to COVID-19. The voter must include a document showing their name with the form.

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you must include a COPY of valid, government-issued photo ID --- such as a driver's license or non-driver ID. If you do not have valid ID, you may sign a form saying that you could not get a copy of your ID due to one of the reasons listed on the form, such as work schedule or afraid of exposing yourself to COVID-19. You must include a document showing your name with the form.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Louisiana

Louisiana voters must show photo ID that contains their name and signature to vote in person. Acceptable ID include: a driver's license issued by any US state, a state ID issued by any US state, a Louisiana Special ID, a US passport, a US miltary photo ID, a tribal ID that contains your photo and signature, student ID that contains your name and signature, other photo ID that contains your signature.

If you are unable to provide an acceptable form of ID, you will still be able to vote by signing a voter affidavit.

  • Most Louisiana voters do not need to include ID to request a ballot. If your excuse to vote by mail is because of a disability, you must include a copy of disability documentation AND a copy of government-issued valid photo ID. If you do not have photo ID, you may include a letter of oath with the names and addresses of two individuals in your precinct who can verify your physical disability.
  • Most Louisiana voters must include the signature of a witness when they return their voted ballot. Military and overseas voters do not need a witness signature.
Maine

Most Maine voters do not need to show ID. First time Maine voters should plan on showing ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of photo ID include: a drivers license from any state, a US passport, a government ID card, a military ID card, a tribal ID card, or a student ID card from an accredited college or university. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Maine address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Maryland

Most Maryland voters do not need to show ID. First time Maryland voters should be prepared to show ID. Acceptable forms of photo ID include: a non-expired driver license from any state, a student ID card, a military ID card, a US passport, a photo ID issued by any state or the federal government. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include: a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your Maryland driver's license number, state ID number, or learner's permit number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you do not need ID. If you are requesting to have your ballot sent to you electronically, you must include your Maryland driver’s license number, ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Massachusetts

Most Massachusetts voters do not need to show ID. First time Massachusetts voters should be prepared to show ID. Acceptable forms of photo ID include: a non-expired driver license from any state, a student ID card, a military ID card, a US passport, a photo ID issued by any state or the federal government. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include: a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Michigan

Michigan voters must show photo ID to vote in person. Acceptable ID include: a driver's license issued by any US state, a state photo ID issued by any US State, any government issued photo ID, a US passport, a current US miltary ID, a current tribal ID, a Michigan student photo ID. If you are unable to provide an acceptable form of ID, you will still be able to vote by signing a voter affidavit.

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your Michigan driver's license number, state ID number, and the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you do not need ID.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Minnesota

Most Minnesota voters do not need to show ID. First time Minnesota voters should be prepared to show ID. Acceptable forms of ID include A include a non-expired photo ID, such as a driver license from any state, a US passport, a government ID, a military ID, a tribal ID, or a student ID from an accredited college or university; OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Minnesota address.

  • Minnesota voters must include their Minnesota driver's license, state ID Number, or the last 4 digits of their social security number to request a ballot.
  • Minnesota voters must include the Minnesota driver's license number, state identification number, or the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number that they placed on their ballot request form. If they do have one of these numbers, their signature will be used to verify the ballot. UNREGISTERED Minnesota voters must have their ballot notarized or signed by one witness.
Mississippi

All Mississippi voters must show a non-expired photo ID issued by any US state or the federal government. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver's license or state ID card from any state; a US passport; a US military ID card; an employee ID card issued by any state or federal agency; a tribal ID card; or any other photo ID issued by any state or federal agency. You can also show a current student ID card issued by an accredited Mississippi college or university.

  • Mississippi voters must have their ballot requests and voted ballots NOTARIZED. If you state on your application to vote by mail that you have a temporary or permanent disability, you must INSTEAD have your application and ballot signed by a witness who is at least 18 years old.
Missouri

All Missouri voters must show ID. Acceptable forms of photo ID include a current (non-expired) Missouri driver license, Missouri nondriver license, another photo ID issued by the Missouri government, a military ID card, a US passport, a student ID from an accredited Missouri college or university, or any other photo ID issued by the federal government. Acceptable non-photo ID includes a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Missouri address.

Missouri distinguishes between "absentee ballots" and "mail-in ballots."

  • Mail-in ballot: Any registered voter can use a mail-in ballot, but you will need to have your voted ballot notarized --- and you can only return it via the mail (not in person).
  • Absentee ballots: You will need a valid excuse for using an absentee ballot. If you are voting by absentee ballot due to disability, illness, or COVID-19 --- you do not need to have it notarized. If you are voting by absentee ballot for any other reason, you will need to have your voted absentee ballot notarized.
Montana

Montana voters must show photo ID to vote in person. Acceptable ID include: a valid driver's license, a student photo ID, a tribal photo ID, other current photo ID. If you do not have a photo ID, you may fill out the “Polling Place Elector ID” form and show one of the following to vote: a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, notice of confirmation of voter registration, government check, or any government document that shows your name and current address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Nebraska

Most Nebraska voters do not need to show ID to vote. If you are voting for the first time in Nebraska and you registered to vote by mail, you might need to show ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a non-expired photo ID, such as a driver license from any state, a US passport, a government ID, a military ID, a tribal ID, or a student ID from an accredited college or university; OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Nebraska address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Nevada

Most Nevada voters do not need to show ID. If you’re voting for the first time in Nevada and you registered to vote by mail, you might need to show ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a non-expired photo ID, such as a driver license from any state, a US passport, a government ID, a military ID, a tribal ID, or a student ID from an accredited college or university; OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Nevada address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
New Hampshire

New Hampshire voters must show valid photo ID with your name. An ID that is expired up to 5 years before the election is fine. Acceptable ID includes: a driver's license issued by any US state, a state photo ID issued by any US state, a New Hampshire voter photo ID, a US armed services ID, a US passport, a student photo ID, or other photo ID that contains your name and an expiration date. If you are 65 years or older, your ID may be expired beyond 5 years. If you do not have a photo ID, you may vote in person by signing a challenged voter affidavit.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
New Jersey

Most New Jersey voters don't need to show ID at the polls. First time New Jersey voters should be prepared to show ID. Acceptable forms of photo-ID include a non-expired drivers license from any state, a military ID, a student ID, a US passport, or any other government issued photo ID. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include a current utility bill, bank statement, pay statement, car registration, rent receipt, government check, or other government document that shows your name and New Jersey address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
New Mexico

Most New Mexico voters do not need to show ID. First time New Mexico voters should plan on showing ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a non-expired photo ID, such as a driver license from any state, a US passport, a government ID, a military ID, a tribal ID, or a student ID from an accredited college or university; OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and New Mexico address. Additionally, Albuquerque and Rio Rancho voters must show ID for local elections.

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your New Mexico driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you do not need ID.
  • New Mexico voters must provide the last four digits of their social security number when returning their voted ballot
New York

Most New York voters don't need to show ID. First time New York voters should expect to show ID. Acceptable forms of photo-ID include a non-expired drivers license from any state, a military ID, a student ID, a tribal ID, a US passport, or any other government issued photo ID. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include a current utility bill, bank statement, pay statement, car registration, rent receipt, government check, or other government document that shows your name and New York address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
North Carolina

Most North Carolina voters don't need to show ID at the polls. First time North Carolina voters should be prepared to show ID. Acceptable forms of photo-ID include a non-expired drivers license from any state, a military ID, a student ID, a US passport, or any other government issued photo ID. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include a current utility bill, bank statement, pay statement, car registration, rent receipt, government check, or other government document that shows your name and North Carolina address.

  • North Carolina voters must include their North Carolina driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of their social security number to request a ballot.
  • In 2020, you need to have your voted absentee ballot signed by one witness who is at least 18 years old.
North Dakota

All North Dakota voters must provide ID that shows your name, current North Dakota home address, and your date of birth. This can be one ID, or a combination of IDs. Acceptable forms of ID include a North Dakota driver's license or state ID card; a tribal ID card; or a Long Term Care ID certificate provided by a ND facility. If your ID does not include your current address, you can also show a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or any other government document that shows your current address.

  • North Dakota voters must include their North Dakota driver's license number, state ID number, or tribal ID number to request a ballot. If you do not have one of these, it has expired, or it does not contain your address, name, and date of birth --- you may submit a copy of another form of ID and a document with your name and current North Dakota address. Acceptable documents must be government-issued and show your name and address -- such as a utility bill.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Ohio

All Ohio voters must show ID proving name and address. Acceptable forms of photo ID include an Ohio driver license, an Ohio state ID card, a military ID, a US passport, or any other photo ID issued by the Ohio or federal government. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Ohio address.

  • Ohio voters must include their Ohio driver's license number, the last 4 digits of their social security number, or a valid, government-issued document with their name and address --- such as a utility bill --- with their ballot request and voted ballot.
Oklahoma

Oklahoma voters must show ID that meets four requirements. One, it must show your name. Two, it must show your photograph. Three, it must not be expired. Four, it must be issued by the state of Oklahoma, the federal government, or a federally recognized Indian tribe or nation. You could also just show your Oklahoma voter registration card (issued by your county board of elections).

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • Oklahoma voters must either have their ballot notarized or include a copy of valid photo ID when they return their voted ballot. Physically incapacitated voters, must either include the signatures of two witnesses or a copy of valid photo ID with their voted absentee ballots.
Oregon

Most Oregon voters do not need to show ID. First time Oregon voters should be prepared to show ID. Acceptable forms of photo ID include: a non-expired driver license from any state; a student ID card; a military ID card; a US passport; a photo ID issued by any state or the federal government; a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Pennsylvania

Most Pennsylvania voters do not need to show ID. First time Pennsylvania voters should be prepared to show ID. Acceptable ID include: a Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card; an ID issued by the U.S. Government; a student ID; an employee ID; a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement; or other government document that shows your name and address.

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your Pennsylvania driver's license number or PennDOT issued photo ID card number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you must include your Pennsylvania driver's license number, PennDOT issued photo ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Rhode Island

Rhode Island voters must show a photo ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID include any photo ID issued by the Rhode Island or the Federal Government, such as a driver's license, driver's permit, state ID card, military ID, medical card, or a US passport. You can also show a student ID, tribal ID, birth certificate, or social security card.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
South Carolina

All South Carolina voters are expected to show an ID that includes your photo and signature. You can show any photo ID issued by the South Carolina government or the federal government. Acceptable IDs include a South Carolina driver's license, permit, or state ID card; a SC Voter Registration Card with Photo; a Military ID card; a Veterans Affairs Benefit Card; or a US passport.

  • South Carolina voters must include their voter registration number to request a ballot. If you are requesting the application to be mailed to you using the online portal, you must include the last four digits of your social security number.
  • A recent federal court case has ruled that voters do not need a witness to sign their voted ballot.
South Dakota

All South Dakota voters are expected to show a photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a South Dakota driver license, a South Dakota nondriver ID card, a military ID card, a US passport, a tribal ID card, student ID card from a South Dakota high school, a CURRENT student ID card from an accredited South Dakota college or university or trade school, or any other photo ID issued by the South Dakota government or the federal government. If you do not have valid ID, you may sign an affidavit to vote in person.

  • South Dakota voters must either have their request notarized or they must inclulde a COPY of a photo ID -- such as a driver's license or non-driver ID -- that shows the voter's name and South Dakota address.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Tennessee

Tennessee voters must show photo ID to vote in person. Acceptable ID include: a Tennessee driver's license, a photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government, a valid US passport, a valid employee photo ID issued by the state of Tennessee or federal government, a valid US military photo ID. You cannot use a student ID to vote in Tennessee. If you could not get an acceptable ID because of financial burden or religious objection, you may sign an affidavit and vote in person.

  • Tennessee voters must include their full social security number to request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Texas

All Texas voters must show photo ID issued by the state of Texas or the federal government. If you are under 70, you should show a current ID or one that expired within the past 4 years. If you're over 70, an expired photo ID is fine. Acceptable forms of ID include a Texas Driver License, a Texas state ID card, a Texas Election Identification Card, a Texas handgun license, a US Military ID, a US passport, or a US Citizenship Certificate that contains your photo. You cannot use a student ID to vote in Texas.

If you don't have an acceptable voter ID, you will be required to sign an affidavit and show an official document that shows your name and Texas address. Acceptable documents include a bank statement, utility bill, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and home address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID to return a voted ballot BY MAIL. If you return your voted ballot IN PERSON, you will need to show a valid ID.
Utah

Every registered voter receives a mail-in ballot before election day. You can still vote in person at designated polling centers if you choose.

Utah voters must show ID to vote in person. Acceptable ID include: a Utah driver's license; a Utah state ID; any government issued photo ID; a currently valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon; a US passport; a currently valid US military ID; a valid tribal ID (does not need a photo).

If you do not have any of the above, you may show any TWO of the following: a bank statement, utility bill, residential lease; an employee ID issued by a Utah company, a student ID issued by a Utah college, university, or technical school; a Medicaid or Medicare benefits card; an employee ID card issued by any Utah employer; Current Utah vehicle registration; or any other government issued document that shows your name and Utah address.

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your Utah driver's license number or state ID number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you do not need ID.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Vermont

Most Vermont voters do not need to show ID. First time Vermont voters should bring ID to the polls. Acceptable forms of ID include a non-expired photo ID, such as a driver license from any state, a US passport, a government ID, a military ID, a tribal ID, or a student ID from an accredited college or university; OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Vermont address.

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your Vermont driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you do not need ID.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Virginia

Virginia voters must show ID to vote in person. Acceptable ID include: a Virginia driver's license; a Virginia state ID; a government issued photo ID; a US passport; a student photo ID issued by a US college or university; a valid employee photo ID; a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document containing your name and address.

If you do not have the above AND you have voted in Virginia at least once before, you may sign an affidavit to vote in person.

  • Virginia voters must include the last 4 digits of their social security number to request a ballot. If you request a ballot IN PERSON, you must show ID.
  • Acceptable ID include: a voter confirmation documents; a Virginia driver's license; a Virginia state ID; a government issued photo ID; a US passport; a student photo ID issued by a US college or university; a valid employee photo ID; a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document containing your name and address. If you do not have the above, you may sign an affidavit.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Washington

Most voters in Washington vote by mail. If you choose to vote in person, be prepared to show a non-expired photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID include: a driver's license; a state ID card; a student identification card; a tribal ID; an employer ID; or any other photo ID issued by the state of Washington or the federal government.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
West Virginia

All West Virginia voters have to show ID.

  • Acceptable forms of photo ID include: Any photo ID issued by the West Virginia or the federal government, such as a driver's license, US passport, or Military ID card, or a concealed carry permit. A driver's license issued by another state. A student ID card issued by an accredited college or university.
  • Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include: A voter registration card; Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security card; Birth certificate; WV hunting or fishing license; SNAP or TANF program ID card; Bank or debit card; Utility bill or bank statement issued within six months of the election; health insurance card; or any government document that shows your name and home address.
  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your West Virginia driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you do not need ID.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Wisconsin

All Wisconsin voters must show photo ID. Wisconsin strongly prefers IDs issued by Wisconsin or the federal government, such as a Wisconsin driver's license or state ID card; a US military ID; a US passport; a non-expired Veterans Health Administration ID; a certificate of naturalization that was issued within the past 2 years; a temporary Wisconsin driver's license or ID card or any other document issued by the Wisconsin DOT, or another Wisconsin government agency. You can also show a Tribal ID card or a non-expired student ID card issued by an accredited Wisconsin college or university.
If your student ID is expired OR the issuance and expiration dates are more than 2 years apart --- you must also bring some sort of document that shows that you are currently enrolled.

  • To request a ballot ONLINE, you must must upload a picture of a valid photo ID if the state does not already have your ID on file. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you will need to include a photocopy of a valid photo ID. Military and overseas voters are exempt from this requirement. Voters who are indefinitely confined, or live in a nursing home or care facility are also exempt from this requirement. These voters can meet the ID requirement by having a witness sign the absentee ballot request.
  • Voters will need to have a witness sign and provide their full address (street number, street name, city) in the Certification of Witness section of the voted ballot. A witness must be a U.S Citizen that is over the age of 18.
Wyoming

Most Wyoming voters do not need to show ID. First time Wyoming voters should be prepared to show ID with their name and address. Acceptable forms of ID include: a non-expired driver license from any state; a student ID card; a military ID card; a US passport; a photo ID issued by any state or the federal government; a recent utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

  • You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
  • You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.