Maine

Registered voters do not need to provide an ID when they vote, except for some first-time voters.

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in Maine

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in Maine

Is an expired ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in Maine

Maine ID Requirements for Voting In Person

You do not need to show ID when you vote in person.

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

You may register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day, during any early voting period and on Election Day, at the office of your municipality’s registrar. However, if your polling place on Election Day is not located at the registrar’s office, then same day registration and voting on Election Day takes place at your local voting place.

You will need to provide identity documents that show your voting residence. The following are acceptable proof of ID:

  • Government document or credential with photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, State ID, valid U.S. Passport, military ID)
  • Government ID document/credential without photo (i.e., certified birth certificate or signed Social Security card)
  • An official document that shows name and address of voter (i.e., eligibility for public benefits, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck)
  • Verified unique identifier (Maine driver’s license number or last four numbers of Social Security Number).

Find up-to-date operations about services and operations here.

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.

Maine ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

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

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

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

The signature on your mail-in ballot must match your signature on file with the state.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Secretary of State’s Office has “specifically advised clerks to make a concerted effort to cure any ballot defects that would result in the rejection of absentee ballots.”

If there is enough time, your clerk’s office should contact you to remedy defects like inconsistent signatures.