Arizona

Registered voters in Arizona need to confirm their identity when they vote in person. There are several forms of identification you can use.

Most voters do not need a copy of their ID to vote by mail in Arizona.

These voter ID rules are in addition to the requirements for proving your identity and residency when you register to vote. Learn more

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use an ID issued by another state but you must also provide another ID with an address that reasonably matches your voter registration

Is student ID accepted?

No!
You cannot use a student ID

Is an expired ID accepted?

No!
You can only use ID that is unexpired or doesn’t show an expiration date

Arizona ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

Photo ID: 

  • Arizona driver’s license 
  • Arizona state ID 
  • Tribal ID
  • ID issued by United States federal, state, or local government
OR

Two forms of identification without a photo: 

  • Utility bill
  • Recent bank or credit union statement
  • Arizona vehicle registration or insurance card
  • Tribal ID 
  • Property tax statement
  • Recorder’s certificate
  • Voter registration card
  • United States federal, state, or local ID
  • Any item of mail labeled “official election material”

ALL OF THE ABOVE MUST:

  • Be unexpired or show no expiration date 
  • Show name and address that reasonably match voter registration 
  • If your photo ID shows a different address or lacks an address (example: military ID or passport) – you need to present an item from the non-photo list to show your correct address.

Additionally: See the “Voter Registration Requirements” section below for more information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Registered Arizona voters must show acceptable ID at the polls to vote.

If you are a registered voter but do not present a valid ID at the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot. You must then take additional steps for your ballot to be counted.

In order for your ballot to be counted:

  • You must provide an acceptable ID at the polling place before 7:00 PM on Election Day.

OR 

  • You must provide an acceptable ID at the county board of elections or county clerk’s office within five business days after a federal election or three days after any other election. Find your local office.

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If you identify yourself as a member of a federally-recognized Native American tribe and present one item of tribal identification (that doesn’t meet requirements for acceptable ID) – you must be issued a provisional ballot and do not need to return to confirm your identity.

Acceptable forms of tribal identification include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A tribal identification card issued under the authority of the Bureau of Indian Affairs or a federally-recognized Native American tribe
  • A tribal enrollment card issued under the authority of the Bureau of Indian Affairs or a federally-recognized Native American tribe
  • A Certificate of Indian Blood issued under the authority of the Bureau of Indian Affairs or a federally-recognized Native American tribe
  • A voter identification card issued under the authority of a federally-recognized Native American tribe
  • A home site assignment lease, permit or allotment issued under the authority of the Bureau of Indian Affairs or a federally-recognized Native American tribe
  • A grazing permit or allotment issued under the authority of the Bureau of Indian Affairs or a federally-recognized Native American tribe.

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You do not need a Travel ID to vote in Arizona.

A Travel 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 star if it is a Travel ID.

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

Find up-to-date information about Driver Services in Arizona.

MVD offices are open by appointment only. Check the latest locations and hours.

There are authorized third parties who can issue driver’s licenses and state IDs in Arizona. These providers may charge a fee in addition to the appropriate state fees. Click here for more information.

 

Arizona ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Any qualified voter can apply to receive an early or mail-in ballot. You do not need a copy of your ID to vote by mail in Arizona.

If it is your first time voting in a federal election in Arizona, check the federal ID requirements for first-time voters. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators.

Additionally: You must provide documentary proof of citizenship to complete your voter registration. See the “Voter Registration Requirements” section for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any qualified voter in Arizona can apply to receive an early or by-mail ballot. You may also register as a “Permanent Early Voter” to automatically receive a ballot by mail for every election in which you are eligible to vote. No excuse is required.

  • Qualified voter includes: Individual is a US Citizen, 18 years or older, and a resident of Arizona
  • Disqualifications:
    • Individual has been convicted of a felony and does not have their civil rights restored
    • Individual deemed incompetent by the court

You do not need a copy of your ID to vote by mail in Arizona.

Note: The application asks you to provide your place of birth, driver’s license number, or last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in Arizona, please see the federal ID requirements for first-time voters. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators.

Yes, you must have satisfactory documentary proof of citizenship on file with the state in order to vote by mail in any election (unless you are an absent uniformed services voter or overseas voter as defined in the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act).

Also, the signature on your mail-in ballot must match your signature on your voter registration record.

If your signature on your ballot envelope is missing, the election official must make reasonable efforts to contact you and allow you to add your signature by 7:00 p.m. on election day. (If they have your phone number they will call you, otherwise they will contact you by mail.)  You will receive a packet that contains a green-colored ballot envelope (with your unopened ballot inside). You must sign your ballot envelope and put the green envelope into the outer blue envelope to return to the election office in charge of counting ballots. Remember, it must be returned by 7 p.m. on election day. You also have the option to submit another ballot at your polling place.

If the signatures on your ballot envelope and affidavit are found not to match your signature on your voter registration record, the election official must make reasonable efforts to contact you to allow you to correct or the county to confirm your inconsistent signature. Your signature may be corrected no later than the fifth business day after a primary, general, or special election that includes a federal office or the third business day after any other election.

Voter Registration Requirements

When you register to vote in Arizona, you must provide:

  • your Arizona driver license or nonoperating ID license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number; otherwise, you must affirm that you do not have any such numbers and request that the Secretary of State assign a unique identifying number; AND
  • satisfactory proof of your residence; a valid and unexpired Arizona driver license or nonoperating ID number that is properly verified by the county recorder will suffice;

AND

  • satisfactory documentary proof of citizenship (DPOC) in order to:
    • vote in person in presidential and Arizona elections or
    • to vote by mail in any election (unless you are an absent uniformed services voter or overseas voter as defined in the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act).

Otherwise, your ballot will count in Arizona and presidential elections only if:

  • you use a U.S. registration form (in which you affirm you are a U.S. citizen) to apply for voter registration AND
  • your county election official is able to secure such proof from various U.S. and state databases. If the state is successful, you will become registered as a full-ballot voter if you are otherwise qualified without providing any other DPOC.

If you do not provide and the state cannot secure your DPOC, your vote will count solely for U.S. Congressional elections.

You can update your record by delivering DPOC by mail or in-person to the County Recorder’s office by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday before Election Day.

If you have an Arizona driver license or state identification card issued after October 1, 1996, you may list the number on box 9 of the voter registration form.

If you do not have one, you can provide one of the following documents to establish proof of citizenship:

  •  Supporting legal documentation (for example: a marriage certificate) if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name
  • A legible photocopy of the pertinent pages of your passport
  • U.S. naturalization documents or fill in your Alien Registration Number in box 11 on the voter registration form
  • Your Indian Census Number, Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number, Tribal Treaty Card Number, or fill in your Tribal Enrollment Number in box 10 on the voter registration form
  • A legible photocopy of your Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of Birth

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