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 6, 2018. 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 6, 2018
    • 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

If you are a registered voter but didn’t bring your ID to the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot.

In order for your ballot to be counted, you have until noon on Monday after the election to follow up and either provide other forms of 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 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.

Indiana REAL ID info

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

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 military 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, unless it is your first time voting in Indiana.

Learn more about federal ID requirements for first-time voters.

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 ballot must match other signatures on file.