Voter ID for Absentee Ballots

absentee ballot mailingID requirements for absentee ballots are set by each state and can be less stringent than ID requirements when voting in person. See below for details on absentee ballot eligibility and what ID, if any, is needed to vote absentee.


Who is eligible for Absentee Voting?
  • Any registered voter of Colorado
  • Colorado citizens who are either temporarily or permanently overseas
  • All active military personnel who are absent from Colorado, including their spouses and voting-age dependents
What Types of ID are required to apply for Absentee Voting?

Identification verification for first-time absentee voters:

  • A valid Colorado driver's license 
  • A valid ID card issued by the Department of Revenue 
  • A valid U.S. passport 
  • A valid employee ID card with photo issued by any entity of the U.S. government, Colorado, or by any political subdivision of Colorado
  • A valid pilot's license issued by the FAA or other authorized agency of the U.S.
  • A valid U.S. military ID card with photo
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card 
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate 
  • Certified document of naturalization 
  • A valid student ID card with photo issued by a Colorado institute of higher education 
  • A valid veteran ID card issued by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration with photograph 
  • A valid ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership
  • Verification that a voter is a person committed to the Department of Human Services and confined and eligible to register and vote

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