Massachusetts

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 Massachusetts

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in Massachusetts

Is an expired ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in Massachusetts

COVID-19 Update

A vote-by-mail application will be sent in September to registered voters who have not already applied for a mail-in ballot. The applications are pre-addressed to your local election official and no postage is necessary.

Massachusetts ID Requirements for Voting In Person

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

Unless: It is your first time voting in a federal election in Massachusetts. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators. Review federal ID requirements for first-time voters.

Massachusetts ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Any registered voter in Massachusetts can vote by mail. No excuse is required but you must request a ballot.

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

Unless: It is your first time voting in a federal election in Massachusetts. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators. Review federal ID requirements for first-time voters.

The signature on your mail-in ballot must match other signatures on file.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a registered Massachusetts voter, you are eligible to vote by absentee ballot if you are prevented from voting at your polling place on Election Day due to:

  • Being absent from your city or town on Election Day
  • A physical disability
  • Your religious beliefs

Early voting by mail is similar to absentee voting, but no excuse is required.