Registered voters in Delaware will be asked to confirm their identity when they vote in person. There are several forms of identification you can use.

Most voters do not need to provide ID to vote by mail in Delaware.

Delaware ID Requirements for Voting In Person

To vote in person in Delaware you will be asked to provide proof of your identity and address. You can do so by showing one or more of the following types of documents:

  • Unexpired Delaware driver’s license
  • Unexpired Delaware state ID card
  • Military ID card
  • Unexpired photo ID issued by Delaware, US Government, the voter’s employer, high school, or higher education institution
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, credit card statement, paycheck or pay advice, or another type of bill or statement
  • Lease or sales agreement
  • Any other documentation that is commonly accepted as proof of identity or address

You can also vote if a majority of the election officers in the polling place can confirm that they know your identity and address.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not show ID – and you are at your correct polling place or an early voting site and your name appears on the poll list – you do not need to vote a provisional ballot.

Instead, you must complete the “Affirmation of Voter Identity” form. You will then be permitted to vote a regular ballot.

If your name does not appear on the official poll list you will be asked to sign an affidavit that says you are a registered voter in that Election District and that you are eligible to vote in that election. You may then vote a provisional ballot.

In Delaware a provisional ballot ONLY covers Federal offices; it cannot be used for local elections. If you vote a provisional ballot in the wrong Election District your ballot will not be counted. If you vote by provisional ballot but do not show acceptable identification at the polling place, your provisional ballot will also not be counted.

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 Delaware.

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.

No, it is unconstitutional under the Delaware constitution according to the Delaware Supreme Court ruling on October 7, 2022.

Yes. Election Officers/Poll Workers are authorized to rely on an electronic image you present for identification to confirm your identity and residence. Election Officers are instructed to accept the images during their training. An image of the following is deemed acceptable: a driver’s license (with photo), a student ID (with photo), a utility bill, a bank or credit statement, a valid vehicle registration, a census card, a property tax statement, and a vehicle insurance card

Delaware ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Only certain voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot in Delaware. See the FAQ below for more info.

Most voters do not need to provide ID to vote by mail in Delaware.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may vote absentee in Delaware only if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Serving the US or Delaware overseas, or their spouse or dependents
  • Temporarily living overseas
  • Absent from Delaware due to illness or injury received while serving in the military
  • Serving in the armed forces, merchant marine, Red Cross or United Service Organizations
  • Cannot make it to the polls due to the nature of your business or occupation. This includes people providing care to a parent, spouse or child living at home and requiring constant care; students; and otherwise eligible people who are incarcerated.

No, you do not need a copy of your ID to vote by mail in Delaware.

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in Delaware, 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 the signature on your mail-in ballot must match your signature on file with the state.

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