Georgia

Registered voters in Georgia need to confirm their identity with a photo ID when they vote in person.

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use an unexpired photo ID issued by any state.

Is student ID accepted?

Sometimes!
Georgia accepts student ID from certain public colleges and technical schools.

Is an expired ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use your Georgia driver's license even if it is expired

Georgia ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE PHOTO IDS 

You can use a Georgia driver’s license even if it is expired.

Must be current:

  • Georgia state ID
  • ID card issued by US Government or any other state
  • Free Georgia Voter ID
  • US Passport
  • Military ID
  • Employee ID issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States Federal Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or any other entity of this state
  • Tribal ID

Student photo ID cards are accepted from some public colleges, universities, and technical colleges.

If you do not have a Georgia driver’s license or state ID, you are eligible to receive a free Georgia Voter Identification Card from the state. Check the FAQ below to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can get a Voter Identification Card from any county registrar’s office or Department of Driver Services (DDS) Office.

At County Registrar

Identification cards are issued free of charge but you must provide all of the following at a county registrar’s office:

  • A photo identity document or approved non-photo identity document that includes your full legal name and date of birth
  • Documentation showing your date of birth
  • Evidence that you are registered to vote in Georgia
  • Documentation showing your full legal name and residential address

At DDS Office

A Voter ID card can be issued at any Georgia Department of Driver Services office free of charge if the voter provides:

• An original or certified document to prove who you are such as a Birth Certificate or Passport.
• Your Social Security Card.
• Two documents showing your residential address such as a Bank Statement or Utility Bill.
• If you’ve had a name change, then you’ll also need to bring proof in the form of an original or certified document, such as a Marriage License.
• Signed Affidavit.
• Evidence that you are a registered voter.

NOTE: Georgia’s Real ID Requirements provides a full list of documents required for an Identification Card issued by the Georgia Department of Driver Services.

VoteRiders can help you apply for a ID and secure any documents that you need. Get free help now!

Registered Georgia voters must show a photo 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.

For your ballot to count, you must present an acceptable ID at your county registrar’s office within three days after the election. Find your local county registrar’s office.

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 Georgia.

Your driver’s license or state ID card will show a gold star if it meets REAL ID requirements under federal law. You may commonly hear it referred to as a “gold star” or “star” ID.

Georgia issues only REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and state IDs.

If you need to renew your state photo ID or driver’s license (or apply for a new one) you must go through the REAL ID process.

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

Georgia ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Any registered Georgia voter may vote absentee. No excuse is required.

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

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

Any registered Georgia voter may vote absentee. No excuse is required but you must request a ballot to vote by mail.

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

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

If your absentee ballot is rejected because your signature doesn’t match your signature on file with the state, you will be promptly notified by written notice or via telephone or email, if available.

You may cure your ballot signature defect within three days after the election by submitting your voter ID, along with an affidavit confirming that the ballot was yours.

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