Alabama

Voters in Alabama need to show photo ID to confirm their identity when voting in person.

If you don’t have an acceptable photo ID, there may be other ways you can confirm your identity.

You must include a copy of your photo ID with your absentee ballot application to vote by mail.

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use an unexpired ID issued by any state.

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use a student or employee ID from post-high school instutions in Alabama

Is an expired ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use your Alabama driver’s license or state ID if it has been expired less than 60 days

COVID-19 UPDATE

Concern over contracting COVID-19 will be accepted as an excuse for voting absentee in the November 3 General Election.

Any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place should check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to them.

If you determine it is unsafe to vote in person due to the pandemic, mark the box on your absentee ballot application that reads:

“I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”

Alabama ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID

Unexpired or expired less than 60 days

  • Alabama driver’s license
  • Alabama non-driver ID

Must be unexpired

  • Photo ID issued by any state
  • Photo ID issued by the Federal Government (including US Passport)
  • Employee photo ID issued by the Federal Government, State of Alabama, County Government, Municipality, Board, Authority, or other entity of Alabama
  • Student or employee ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama (including postgraduate technical or professional schools)
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID

If you don’t have one of the photo IDs listed above, you are eligible to receive an Alabama Photo Voter ID from the state.

You can use this photo ID card to cast your ballot. Check the FAQ below to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a registered voter and do not have a photo ID that is acceptable for voting, you are eligible to receive an Alabama Photo Voter ID.

You must provide the following information to obtain your free ID from the state. All of this information can be contained in one document:

  1. A photo identification document OR a non-phono identification document is acceptable if it contains your full legal name and date of birth
  2. Documentation showing your date of birth
  3. Documentation showing that you registered to vote in Alabama (can be electronically verified by the processing office)
  4. Documentation showing your name and the address from your voter registration record (can be electronically verified by the processing office)

You can use documents like your birth certificate, marriage certificate, Medicaid or Medicare document, official school record or transcript, Certificate of Citizenship, or hospital record.

VoteRiders can give you free help to get the documents you need. Get help now!

Alabama Secretary of State web resources:

You do not need a STAR ID to vote in Alabama.

A STAR ID is a state-issued ID that meets REAL ID requirements under federal law.

Your driver’s license or state ID card will show a gold star if it is a STAR ID.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help getting ID.

If you don’t bring an acceptable ID to the polling place, you can vote a regular ballot if you are positively identified by two election officials. The election officials must also sign a sworn affidavit.

Otherwise:

You may cast a provisional ballot. In order for your ballot to count:

  1. You must complete Provisional Verification Statement and sign a Sworn Affirmation.
  2. You have until 5:00 PM on the Friday after the election to submit an acceptable form of photo ID to county board of registrars

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

Find an updated list of open offices on the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency website.

Alabama ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Concern over contracting COVID-19 will be accepted as an excuse for voting absentee in the November 3 General Election.

Any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place should check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to them.

If you determine it is unsafe to vote in person due to the pandemic, mark the box on your absentee ballot application that reads:

“I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”

You must include a copy of your photo ID when you apply for your absentee ballot.

Any ID that is valid for voting in person will be accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you apply for an absentee ballot in Alabama, you need to provide an excuse.

To be eligible: You must be a registered voter and unable to go to your polling place for an acceptable reason.

For the November 3 General Election: Concern over contracting COVID-19 will be accepted as an excuse for voting absentee.

Other acceptable reasons:

  • You will be absent from your registered county on Election Day
  • You are ill or physically unable to reach your assigned polling place
  • You are a caregiver for a family member who is confined to their home
  • You are an appointed election officer or poll watcher outside your assigned polling place
  • Your work schedule (10 hours+) conflicts with polling hours on Election Day
  • You are a registered Alabama voter living outside the county – such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person
  • You are currently incarcerated in prison or jail and have not been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude

Yes, you must apply with a copy of photo ID that is acceptable for voting.

Any ID that works for voting in person will be accepted.

If you don’t have access to a printer or copy machine: Get free help printing a copy of your ID to go with your absentee ballot application.

No, but your absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two witnesses.

The affidavit is located on the outside of the envelope that accompanies your absentee ballot. Sign the affidavit in the presence of a notary public or two witnesses (must be 18+ years old).

Yes! You can get free help if don’t have a way to print a copy of your ID.