VIRGINIA Voter ID Information

If you are a registered voter but didn't bring your ID to the polling place, 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 a copy of one of the accepted forms of ID by noon on the third day following the election to your local election board.
VoteRiders provides information and free, expert assistance to help you with voter ID. We can help with renewing your expired ID, obtaining the documents needed to secure your ID, and covering the cost of getting to and from ID-issuing offices. Call or text VoteRiders’ Voter ID Helpline: 844-338-8743.


Show one form of acceptable ID*:

  • Voter confirmation documents
  • Virginia driver’s license (acceptable even if expired)
  • US passport
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Student ID issued by private school, college or university in VA
  • Student ID issued by college or university in any state or territory of the US
  • Other US, Virginia or local government-issued ID
  • Copy of current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document containing the name and address of the voter.

* Expired up to 12 months

If you don’t have an acceptable ID, you can still vote by providing a sworn statement.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).