Virginia

Registered voters in Virginia need to confirm their identity when they vote in person. There are several forms of identification you can use.

Most voters do not need a copy of their ID to vote by mail in Virginia.

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

No!
You cannot use an ID issued by another state

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use an ID issued by a high school in Virginia or post-high school institution in the United States

Is an expired ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use an ID that is expired up to 12 months

Virginia ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

You can present one of the following IDs to vote in person. It may be expired up to 12 months: 

  • Voter confirmation documents
  • Virginia driver’s license (acceptable even if expired)
  • US passport
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Student ID issued by a high school in Virginia
  • Student ID issued by a school of higher education in the United States 
  • Other ID issued by the United States federal government, Virginia government, or local government
  • Virginia Voter ID card
  • Tribal ID
  • Original or copy of current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing your name and address

NOTE: If you do not have an acceptable ID, you can still vote a regular ballot by signing a sworn affidavit.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a registered voter but didn’t bring an acceptable ID to the polling place, you can vote a regular ballot by signing an ID statement affirming your identity.

Otherwise, you may cast a provisional ballot. If you vote a provisional ballot due to lack of ID, the ballot will be marked ID-ONLY.  In order for your ballot to be counted, you must provide an acceptable form of ID to your local election board by noon on the third day following the election.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

You do not need a REAL ID to vote in Virginia.

Your driver’s license or state ID card will show a star in the upper corner if it meets REAL ID requirements under federal law.

If you need to renew your state photo ID or driver’s license (or apply for a new one) you must go through the REAL ID process.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help getting ID.

In-person services are available by appointment – get updated information.

Virginia ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Most voters in Virginia can vote absentee without an excuse.

The exception is if you registered to vote by mail AND this is your first time voting in your city or county. See the FAQ below for more info. 

Most voters do not need a copy of their ID to vote by mail in Virginia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any registered Virginia voter can vote absentee, no excuse is required.

BUT:  If you mailed your voter registration application AND this is your first time voting in your city or county – you have to vote in person unless you have a qualifying exemption. 

Exemptions include:

  • You a student attending college/university outside of my city/county of residence in Virginia.
  • You have a disability or illness that prevents me from voting in person.
  • You are pregnant.
  • You are confined either awaiting trial or convicted of a misdemeanor.
  • You are active-duty merchant marine or in the armed forces, or the spouse or dependent of an active duty member.
  • You are temporarily residing outside of the United States for a non-employment related reason. (Voter Registration Office: review VA Code § 24.2-453)
  • You are temporarily residing outside of the United States for employment or a spouse or dependent living with a person temporarily residing outside of the United States for employment) 
  •  I have moved to another state less than 30 days before a presidential election and am requesting a ballot for the presidential and vice-presidential electors only (ballots for other offices/issues will not be sent).
  • I am 65 years of age or older.

In any case: If you vote by mail, your votes for the US President, US Senate, or US House of Representatives will be counted.

No, unless it is your first time voting in a federal election in Virginia. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators.

Learn more about federal ID requirements for first-time voters.

No, but the signature on your absentee ballot envelope must match the signature on your voter registration application.