Indiana

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

Most voters do not need a copy of their ID to vote by mail.

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

No!
You cannot use an ID issued by another state.

Is student ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use a student if it meets all 4 criteria for voter ID in Indiana.

Is an expired ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use an ID that expired after November 3, 2020. More information below.

Indiana ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

To meet Indiana’s voter ID requirements, your ID:

  • Must display your photo
  • Must show name that matches your voter registration record (it does not need to be identical)
  • Must be current or expired after November 3, 2020
    • An expiration date is not required
    • An expiration date may be “indefinite” if it was issued by the US Department of Defense, Veteran Affairs or Administration, branch of uniformed services, Merchant Marine, or Indiana National Guard.
  • Must be issued by the state of Indiana or US Federal government

Frequently Asked Questions

Registered Indiana voters must show a photo ID at the polls to cast a regular ballot.

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 have until noon 10 days after the election to provide an acceptable ID or sign an affirmation that one of the law’s exceptions applies.

Exceptions include:

  • The indigent
  • Those with a religious objection to being photographed
  • Those living in state-licensed facilities that serve as their precinct’s polling place

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 Indiana.

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

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

Indiana ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Only certain voters are eligible to vote absentee in Indiana.

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

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in Indiana, 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 Indiana, you must meet ONE of the following:

  • You have a specific, reasonable expectation you will be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6a-6p)
  • You have a disability
  • You are at least 65 years of age
  • You will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct
  • You are scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
  • You will be confined or will be caring for an individual confined due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
  • You will be prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
  • You are a participant in the state’s address confidentiality program
  • You are a member of the Indiana National Guard deployed or on assignment inside Indiana or a public safety officer
  • You are a “serious sex offender” as defined in Indiana code 35-42-4-14(a)
  • You are unable to access polling location due to lack of transportation

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

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in Indiana, 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 it is determined that your signature on the absentee ballot security envelope affidavit does not correspond to the signature on your absentee ballot application, in the electronic poll book, or any signature yours that is maintained in the statewide voter registration system, not later than the close of business two (2) business days after the signature mismatch determination the county board will:
  1. mail a notice by first class United States mail to your registration address;
  2. email the notice to you if your email address is available; and
  3. call you by telephone to provide notice of the signature mismatch determination, if your telephone number is available;

Your absentee ballot will be counted if it is otherwise valid and you cure the signature mismatch not later than noon, prevailing local time, eight (8) days after election day.

If your absentee ballot is missing your signature on the security envelope affidavit, you can cure this mistake by:

  1. signing and delivering an “affidavit of unsigned ballot” in person or by mail, fax, or email so that it is received by the county election board or board of elections and registration not later than noon eight (8) days after election day;

    or

  2. completing and filing an “affidavit of unsigned ballot” with the inspector or other chief election official of the precinct or vote center within the county before the close of the polls on election day.
Your absentee ballot will be counted if the board determines that the signatures match and there are no other challenges that have been made to the ballot.