CALIFORNIA Voter ID Information

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

However, 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)

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

YES! California does not require ID at the polls. When you register you may use a driver's license or ID card issued by any state.

STUDENT ID

NO! California does not ask for ID at the polls. However, when you register to vote, student IDs are not accepted.

Free Printable: CA Voter ID Info wallet card

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