CALIFORNIA Voter ID Information

California does NOT require registered voters to show ID at the polls or when voting by mail, except for some first-time voters.

If you did not provide the required info on your voter registration form, you may complete your registration by presenting photo or non-photo ID at the polls or with your absentee ballot.

Sometimes poll workers are confused and will ask for ID for voting. Voters may also be confused and believe that they cannot vote without ID.  That is why VoteRiders provides updated resources and free assistance to help you with voter ID questions.

For questions about California's voting requirements, call or text VoteRiders’ Voter ID Helpline: 844-338-8743.

IDS FOR FIRST TIME VOTERS (FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS)

First-time voters, including those who have not voted in a previous Federal election or who have never voted in their county of residence in a Federal election, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Voter registration requires, in this order:
  • Current driver’s license number OR
  • Last 4 digits of social security number OR
  • State-assigned unique number

If haven’t provided above information and vote in person, show a current:

  • Photo ID, OR
  • Copy of utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document including check*

If haven’t provided above information and vote by mail, provide a COPY of current:

  • Photo ID, OR
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document including check*

* shows voter’s name and address

OUT-OF-STATE ID ACCEPTED?

YES

STUDENT ID ACCEPTED?

YES

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