Iowa

Registered voters in Iowa need to confirm their identity when they vote in person. There are several forms of identification you can use.

You do not need a copy of ID to vote by mail, but you must include the ID number from your current Iowa driver’s license, nondriver’s identification card, or 4-digit PIN from your Voter Identification Card when you apply for your ballot.

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?

No!
You cannot use a student ID

Is an expired ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use an expired ID

COVID-19 Update

Iowa will send all registered voters absentee ballot applications for the 2020 General Election.

Iowa ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

You can use the following IDs: 

  • Iowa driver’s license
  • Iowa non-operator’s ID
  • US Passport
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID
  • Veteran’s ID
  • Voter ID Card

If your ID does not include your current address, you must provide a separate proof of residence. This document needs to be current within 45 days and show your name. Your options include:

  • Residential lease
  • Utility bill, including a cell phone bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Property tax statement
  • Other government document

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a registered voter but didn’t bring your ID to the polling place:

  • Another registered voter in the precinct may attest to your identity. 

OR 

  • You may prove your identity and residence using Election Day Registration documents

You may also cast a provisional ballot. In order for your ballot to count, you must provide ID at the county auditor’s office before the time of the county canvass of votes. This is typically the Monday after election day.

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 Iowa.

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 by appointment only.

Find up-to-date service information.

There are authorized third parties that may provide driver’s licenses and state IDs services, for which they charge a fee. Click here for more information.

Iowa ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Iowa will send all registered voters absentee ballot applications for the 2020 General Election.

You do not need a copy of your ID to vote by mail BUT you must include ID info when you apply for your ballot.

If you do not remember your Voter ID PIN and do not have another approved form of identification, you should contact your county auditor’s office. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

You must include ID info when you apply for your ballot. You can use the following:

  • Iowa driver’s license number
  • Iowa non-operator ID number 
  • Four-digit Voter PIN from your Voter Identification Card
    • If you do not have an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID number, you are mailed an Iowa Voter Identification Card at the time of registration

If you do not remember your Voter ID PIN and do not have another approved form of identification, you should contact your county auditor’s office.

If it is your first time voting in a federal election in Iowa: 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 do not remember your Voter ID PIN and do not have another approved form of identification, you should contact your county auditor’s office. 

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 absentee ballot must match your signature on file with the state.

If your ballot affidavit is incomplete or absent, you will be notified within 24 hours.

You may vote a replacement ballot until the day before the election, or vote at your precinct polling place.