Voter ID rules are different based on whether you vote by absentee ballot or in person.
Any registered Iowa voter can choose to use an absentee ballot. You don’t have to give a reason for not voting in person.
You have to request an absentee ballot from your County Auditor.
When you request your ballot, you need to provide ID information. You can use one of these:
If you don’t have an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID number, you’ll get an Iowa Voter Identification Card in the mail when you register.
If you can’t remember your Voter ID PIN and don’t have another approved ID, get in touch with your county auditor’s office.
You do not need to include a copy of your ID with your application or when you return your completed ballot.
Iowa only allows military and overseas voters to return their ballots online.
Iowa asks you to show an acceptable ID when you vote in person. If you don’t have an ID that works, you can still vote a regular ballot if another registered voter in your precinct confirms your identity.
You can use one of these IDs:
You need to prove your identity with a current photo ID that has a valid expiration date. It could be an out-of-state driver’s license or ID, an ID card from your job, or a student ID from high school or college in Iowa.
You also need to prove where you live if your ID doesn’t have your current address. This document needs to have your name and current address, and it should be from the last 45 days. It can be electronic or on paper. You can use things like a lease for your residence, a utility bill (including a cell phone bill), a bank statement, a paycheck, a government check, or another government document.
Page Updated: August 2023