Voter ID in Montana


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 Montanan can choose to vote using 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 can request your in person or by mail. You don’t need to include ID with your application.


Returning Your Ballot 

You have to include identifying information or a copy of acceptable ID with your ballot.

You can give one of these numbers: 

  • Montana driver’s license or ID number
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number


You can include a copy of one of these photo IDs: 

  • US passport
  • Tribal ID
  • Military ID
  • ID from Montana college or university
  • Montana concealed carry permit


You can use another form of photo ID if you also include one of these documents: 

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Notice of confirmation of voter registration
  • Government check
  • Other government document

Montana only allows military and overseas voters to return their ballots online.


Voting in Person

Several forms of ID work for voting in Montana.

You can use an unexpired photo ID that shows your name.

Photo IDs that you might be able to use include:

  • Driver’s license or state ID
  • School ID
  • Tribal ID

You can also use a recent document that shows your name and current address.

These are the documents that you can use:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Voter registration confirmation
  • Government check or other government document

If you don’t have any of these, you may still be able to vote by completing a form and having your identity confirmed by election officials.



Page Updated: August 2023