Voter ID in Michigan


What is your plan for voting?

Voter ID rules are different based on whether you vote by absentee ballot or in person.



Voting by Absentee Ballot

Any registered Michigan voter can choose to use an absentee ballot. You don’t have to give a reason for not voting in person.


Requesting Your Ballot

You have to apply to receive an absentee ballot. If you need assistance, another person can help fill out the application.

You do not need to include ID with your application.

Voters with print disabilities can request to receive an accessible absentee ballot. In Michigan, a print disability includes anything that makes it difficult to read, write, or use printed materials. An accessible ballot lets you mark your ballot electronically.

Returning Your Ballot

You do not need to include an ID with your completed ballot.

Michigan does not allow you to return your ballot electronically.



Voting in Person

Michigan asks you to show a photo ID when you vote in person. If you don’t an ID that works, you can still vote a regular ballot if you sign a simple form (called an affidavit).

You can use your Michigan driver’s license or ID even if it is expired.

You can use one of these photo IDs if it is unexpired:

  • Driver’s license issued by another state
  • Photo ID issued by US government or another state
  • US Passport
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card from accredited high school or institution of higher education
  • Tribal ID card



Page Updated: August 2023