Voter ID in Vermont

Vermont does not have a voter ID law.

Registered voters do not need to provide an ID when they vote in person, except for some first-time voters.

Check the federal ID requirements for first-time voters!

Any registered Vermont voter may request a mail-in ballot.

A copy of your ID is not required to vote by mail in Vermont, with the exception of some first-time voters.

Check the federal ID requirements for first-time voters!


Changing Your Legal Name

You must file a formal request with your local probate court to change your name in Vermont.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to update the name on your ID documents.

Submit a request to Vermont’s Department of Health to change the name on your birth certificate.

To change the name on your Vermont birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed application form (PDF)
  • certified copy of name-change court order 

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.


Updating Gender Markers

In April 2022, Vermont passed a law that will simplify the process of changing the gender marker on a Vermont birth certificate and allow a nonbinary option.

The law goes into effect on July 1, 2022. Please check back here or with the Vermont Vital Records Office for more information about the new process.

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Submit a request to Vermont’s Department of Health to amend your birth certificate.

To amend the gender marker on your Vermont birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • completed application form (PDF)
  • certified copy of original birth certificate

Physician affidavit confirming that you have received “appropriate” treatment for your gender transition

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

Vermont allows residents to mark M, F, or X on their state-issued IDs. No medical certification is required.

You may self-designate a gender marker on your application for a new or replacement driver’s license or state ID.


 

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