Delaware

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 a copy of their ID to vote by mail in Delaware.

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 with your photo or signature

Is an expired ID accepted?

Sometimes!

COVID-19 UPDATE 

Governor John Carney has signed House Bill 346, which allows Delawareans to vote by mail in the 2020 primary, general, and special elections.

Delaware ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

You can use the following IDs: 

  • Delaware driver’s license
  • Delaware state ID
  • US Passport
  • Signed polling place card 
    • If your polling place card is not current, you must show proof of address
  • Signed Social Security Card
  • Signed vehicle registration
  • Signed credit card with photo
  • A similar document that identifies you by photo or signature

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a registered voter but didn’t bring your ID to the polling place, you may sign an affidavit and vote a regular ballot.

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.

Offices are open with restricted hours – here are details.


This document outlines the DMV’s phased reopening plan. 

Delaware ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Governor John Carney has signed House Bill 346, which allows Delawareans to vote by mail in the 2020 primary, general, and special elections.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must be a registered voter and unable to go to your regular polling place for one of the following reasons: 

  • Work: The nature of your work prevents you from going to your polling place
  • School: Your enrollment in higher education prevents you from going to your polling place
  • Public Service: Your service to the U.S. or to the State of Delaware prevents you from going to your polling place (Spouses or dependents of the person in service also qualify)
  • Religion: The tenets or teaching of your religion prevent you from going to your polling place 
  • Vacation: You are on vacation on Election Day 
  • Illness: You are sick 
  • You have a permanently or temporarily disability
  • You are incarcerated (Not for a felony)

Due to COVID-19: All Delaware voters can vote by mail in the 2020 General Election 

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.