Voter ID Resources

Does your state have a voter ID law?

As of September 2017, 33 states have some form of voter ID law in effect. Click below for current information on what IDs are acceptable for voting in every state. Spanish language wallet cards listing voter ID requirements are available HERE. If you need help obtaining an ID or have questions, please call VoteRiders' toll-free Voter ID Helpline:
1-844-33-VTRID (1-844-338-8743)

Strict Voter ID Non-strict Voter ID No State Voter ID
  Alabama  Alaska  California
  Arizona  Arkansas  District of Columbia
  Georgia  Colorado  Illinois
  Indiana  Connecticut  Maine
  Kansas  Delaware  Maryland
  Mississippi  Florida  Massachusetts
  North Dakota  Hawaii  Minnesota
  Tennessee  Idaho  Nebraska
  Virginia  Iowa  Nevada
  Wisconsin*  Kentucky  New Jersey
   Louisiana  New Mexico
   Michigan  New York
   Missouri  North Carolina
   Montana  Oregon
   New Hampshire  Pennsylvania
   Ohio  Vermont
   Oklahoma  West Virginia 
   Rhode Island  Wyoming
   South Carolina  
   South Dakota  

*The voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin are being appealed. West Virginia has enacted a voter ID law that is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2018.

Non-Voter ID States

Even in the states that do NOT have a voter ID law, confusion reigns. Poll workers have mistakenly required voters to present their ID, and many voters mistakenly believe that ID is required at the polls. In these states, other identifying information, such as a signature, is checked against information in the voter registry. See our Voter ID Info Cards for information on identification requirements in every state, including those without a voter ID law.

Detailed Voter ID Guides

The free, downloadable Voter ID Guides below provide detailed instructions on how to obtain voter ID for applicants or for those assisting applicants.

First-time Voters: Nationwide Voter ID Requirements

The Help America Vote Act includes voter identification requirements under certain circumstances. First-time voters since the law was enacted in 2002, including those who have not voted in a previous Federal election or who have never voted in their county of residence in a Federal election, must present voter ID.

Requirements for first-time voters

2017 Election Dates

A list of elections in 2017 for VoteRiders' targeted voter ID states:


Absentee Ballots

Voting by Absentee Ballot is a viable alternative for people who might have trouble getting to the polls or standing in long lines on Election Day. In some states voter ID requirements are less stringent for Absentee Voting than voting in person. Deadlines and requirements vary by state, so please check our Absentee Voting/Voter ID Requirements for more information.

Important: Check Your State Listing Carefully -- Each State Has Unique Vote-By-Mail Requirements.