Connecticut

Registered voters in Connecticut 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.

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 unexpired photo ID issued by any state

Is student ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use a student ID if it shows your name and address, signature, or photo

Is an expired ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use an expired ID

Connecticut ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

Social Security Card

OR

Any other pre-printed form of ID that shows one of the following:

  • Your name and address
  • Your name and signature
  • Your name and photo

If you do not present acceptable ID, in most cases, you may sign an affidavit in lieu of presenting ID.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registered Connecticut voters must show ID at the polls to vote.

If you are a registered voter but do not present an acceptable ID at the polling place, you must complete and sign a form, under penalty of perjury, that affirms you are the person whose name appears on the official registry checklist and includes your residential address and date of birth.

If you are a first-time voter who must complete your voter registration as noted on the checklist, you must present to the official checker or checkers, before you vote, either a current and valid photo identification that shows your name and address or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

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

You do not need a REAL ID to vote in Connecticut.

Your driver’s license or state ID card will show a star in the upper corner if it meets REAL ID requirements under federal law.

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

You may register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day only on Election Day (which is known in Connecticut as “Election Day Registration”). Election Day Registration is available only:

  • for regular elections and not for primary elections, and
  • at a designated Election Day Registration site, rather than your polling place, in the town where you live.

You must show one of the following acceptable IDs, which are partly different from regular in-person voting:

  • your birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, or Social Security card, or in the case of college and university students a current photo ID issued by your higher education institution; and
  • only if your ID does not also include proof of your residential address, you must also show another form of ID indicating your home address in your town of residence. This additional ID may include a motor vehicle learner’s permit, a utility bill due no later than 30 days after the election, a lease, a library card, a paycheck, a property tax bill, naturalization documents, for a college or university student a current college or university registration or fee statement, or in any case other satisfactory proof of residence.

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There are authorized third parties that may provide driver’s licenses and state IDs services, for which they charge a fee. Click here for more information.

Connecticut ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to vote absentee in Connecticut, you must meet ONE of the following: 

  • You are in active service in U.S. Armed Forces
  • You will be absent from town on Election Day 
  • You are ill 
  • Your religious beliefs prevent you from performing secular activities like voting on Election Day
  • You have duties as a primary, election or referendum official at a polling place other than your own on Election Day 
  • You have have a physical disability that prevents you from voting in person on Election Day

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

BUT: if it is your first time voting in a federal election in Connecticut, 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.

 

No.

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

There is no process to “cure” (fix) your ballot if it is rejected.