Louisiana

Voters in Louisiana need to show photo ID to confirm their identity when voting in person.

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

You must include a copy of your photo ID with your absentee ballot application 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?

Yes!
You can use a generally recognized photo ID that shows your name and signature.

Is student ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use a student ID if it includes your name, photo, and signature

Is an expired ID accepted?

Yes!
See the list below for more details

COVID-19 UPDATE

As a result of a court order, Louisiana voters can vote by mail: If you do not meet the regular requirements to vote by mail, you may qualify to vote using a COVID-19 Emergency Application. More information is included in the “Who is Eligible to Vote by Mail in Louisiana” FAQ below.

 

Louisiana ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID

You can use the following photo IDs:

  • Louisiana driver’s license
  • Louisiana special ID card issued by OMV
  • Other generally recognized photo ID with your name and signature
  • Digital license via LA Wallet (smartphone app by Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles)

Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need a “REAL ID” to vote in Louisiana.

Your driver’s license or state ID card will show a gold 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.

If you are a registered voter and don’t bring an acceptable ID to your polling place, you may vote a provisional ballot.

If you do not have an acceptable form of ID, you can complete and sign a sworn statement including your date of birth, mother’s maiden name, and further information requested by commissioners.

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

Find the latest information about OMV office locations and hours.

Although you must get your first driver’s license or state ID from an OMV office, you can get a replacement or renewal from other authorized locations, which change from time to time.

Statement on OMV closures due to COVID-19 (PDF document)

Louisiana ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

When you apply for an absentee ballot in Louisiana, you need to provide an excuse. See the FAQ below for more information.

As a result of a court order, Louisiana voters can vote by mail: If you do not meet the regular requirements to vote by mail, you may qualify to vote using a COVID-19 Emergency Application.

You must include a copy of ID when you request your absentee ballot. See the FAQ below for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you apply for an absentee ballot in Louisiana, you need to provide an excuse.

To be eligible: You must be a registered voter and unable to go to your polling place for an acceptable reason.

You must be:

  • A student, professor or instructor in higher education, or the spouse/dependent residing with them
  • A member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration, or a spouse/dependent
  • Temporarily absent or expecting to be temporarily absent during the early voting period and on election day
  • Moving more than 100 miles from your Parish after the voter registration books closed
  • In involuntary confinement for mental treatment outside your parish of registration
  • Expecting to be hospitalized on election day
  • Offshore or expecting to be offshore during the early voting period and on election day
  • Incarcerated or expecting to be incarcerated for a non-felony conviction
    Part of Address Confidentiality Program
  • A sequestered juror with jury sequestered during the early voting period and on election day
  • At least 65 years of age physically disabled, homebound, in a nursing or veteran’s home, or in a hospital during the early voting period and on election day

COVID-19 and Absentee Voting

You can also request an absentee ballot for the November 2020 general election if you are at least one of the following:

  • At higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to serious underlying medical conditions as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • This includes: chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma hypertension or other serious heart conditions diabetes, undergoing chemotherapy, severe obesity (BMI of 40 or higher), chronic kidney disease and undergoing dialysis, liver disease pregnancy, or immunocompromised due to cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
  • Subject to a medically necessary quarantine or isolation order as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns
  • Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis
  • Caring for an individual who is subject to a medically necessary quarantine or isolation order as a result of COVID-19
  • Caring for an individual who has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns

YES

  • If you have a disability, are homebound or live in a nursing or veteran’s home, see Disability Application for Absentee by Mail Ballot (PDF) for potential ID requirements.
  • If you are a student who is a first-time voter, you must enclose a copy of your student ID or fee bill
  • If you expect to be hospitalized, you must enclose proof of hospitalization
  • If you are incarcerated, you must enclose a certification by sheriff
  • If you are a juror who expects to be sequestered during the early voting period and on election day, you must enclose a certified copy of court order

If you are voting for the first time in a federal election in Louisiana, you may also need to submit an ID. 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 you must have a witness signature. Your signature on your mail-in ballot must match your signature on file with the state.