California

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

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in California

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in California

Is an expired ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in California

COVID-19 Update

California will send mail-in ballots to all registered voters for the 2020 general election.

California ID Requirements for Voting In Person

You do not need to show ID when you vote in person.

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in California, 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.

 

California ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

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

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in California, 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.

The signature on your mail-in ballot must match your signature on file with the state.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your signature on your ballot’s identification envelope does not match your signature on file with the state, you will be notified at least eight days prior to the certification of the election that you need to submit a signature verification statement.

The signature verification statement must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. two days prior to the certification of the election.