Idaho

Voters in Idaho need to show photo ID to confirm their identity when they vote in person.

If you don’t have an acceptable photo ID, there may be other ways you can confirm your identity.

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?

No!
You cannot use an ID issued by another state

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use an unexpired photo ID issued by a high school or post-high school institution in Idaho

Is an expired ID accepted?

Sometimes!
See the list below for more details

Idaho ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID

You can use the following photo IDs:

  • Idaho driver’s license
  • Idaho state ID
  • US Passport
  • Tribal ID card
  • Unexpired student ID card issued by high school or post-high school institution in Idaho

Frequently Asked Questions

Registered Idaho voters must show a photo ID to vote at the polls.

If you are a registered voter and do not bring an acceptable ID to the polling place, you may sign a sworn statement 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 Star Card to vote in Idaho.

A Star Card is a state-issued ID that meets REAL ID requirements under federal law.

Your driver’s license or state ID card will show a gold star if it is a Star Card.

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

 

You may register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day only on Election Day at your local precinct polling place. You must show one of the following as acceptable ID and proof of residence, which are partly different from regular in-person voting:

  • Idaho driver’s license or Idaho ID card issued through the department of transportation; or
  • Any document showing your name and home address in the precinct plus any photo ID; or
  • For students of an Idaho post-secondary educational institution a student photo ID with a fee statement from your school showing your address in the precinct.

Find the latest information about office operations and online services on the Idaho DMV website.

Idaho ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Any registered Idaho voter may request an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

You do not need to include a copy of ID to vote by mail in Idaho.

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in Idaho, 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 Idaho voter may request an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

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

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

If you need a copy and don’t have the means to print one: Get free help printing a copy of your ID

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.