Voter ID in Virginia


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

Most registered Virginian can choose to vote using an absentee ballot. You don’t have to give a reason for not voting in person.

Voters with disabilities or illness are always eligible to vote absentee.

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 ballot online or sen an application by mail, fax, or email.

You don’t need to include ID with your application.

Returning Your Ballot

You don’t need to include ID with completed ballot.

New for November 2023 Election: You don’t need a witness signature on your absentee ballot envelope if you send them by mail or drop them in a box. Instead, you must include your birthdate and the last four digits of your social security number.

Virginia does not allow you to return your ballot electronically.



Voting in Person

Virginia asks you to show an acceptable ID when you vote in person.

You can one of the IDs listed bel. It may be expired up to 12 months: 

  • Virginia driver’s license orID
  • Voter confirmation documents
  • US passport
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Student ID issued by a high school in Virginia
  • Student ID issued by a school of higher education in the United States
  • Other photo ID issued by US, Virginia, or local government
  • Virginia voter ID card
  • Tribal photo ID
  • Original or copy of current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document showing your name and address

If you do not have an acceptable ID, you can still vote a regular ballot by signing a form confirming your identity.



Page Updated: August 2023