Does your state have a voter ID law?
As of February 2017, the following 32 states* have some form of voter ID law in effect. Get details on what IDs are accepted to vote in your state. Download a free printable wallet-sized card that lists the voter ID requirements in each state + DC HERE. Spanish language versions are available HERE.
*The voter ID laws in North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin are being appealed. West Virginia has enacted a voter ID law that is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2018.
Additional Help Obtaining a Voter ID
If you need help obtaining an ID or have questions, please call VoteRiders' toll-free Voter ID Hotline:
Voter Advocate Guides &
The free, downloadable Voter Advocate Guides below provide detailed voter ID requirement information. The Voter Questionnaires assess if a voter's ID fulfills the requirements of their state's voter ID law, and determine if obtaining an underlying document (such as a birth certificate) or another form of ID is necessary.
- Florida: Voter Advocate Guide and Voter Questionnaire
- Georgia: Voter Advocate Guide and Voter Questionnaire
- Kansas: Voter Advocate Guide and Voter Questionnaire
- Mississippi: Voter Advocate Guide and Voter Questionnaire
- Texas: Voter Advocate Guide and Voter Questionnaire
- Virginia: Voter Advocate Guide and Voter Questionnaire
- Wisconsin: Voter Advocate Guide
Non-Voter ID States
Confusion reigns across the country as poll workers have mistakenly required voters to present their ID in the 18 states that not have have a voter ID law. In these states, other identifying information, such as a signature, is checked against information in the voter registry. See our Voter ID Info Cards for information on identification requirements in every state, including those without voter ID.
2017 Election Dates
AL, AZ, FL, GA, IN, KS, MI, MO, MS, ND, NH, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI
Voting by Absentee Ballot is a particularly viable alternative for people who might have trouble getting to the polls or standing in long lines on Election Day. In some states the Voter ID requirements are less stringent for Absentee Voting than voting in person. Deadlines and requirements vary by state, so please check our Absentee Voting/Voter ID Requirements for more information.
Important: Check Your State Listing Carefully -- Each State Has Unique Vote-By-Mail Requirements.
First-time Voters: Nationwide Voter ID Requirements
The Help America Vote Act specifically imposes voter identification requirements under certain circumstances. First-time voters since the law was enacted in 2002, 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 voter ID.