Montana

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

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

Voter ID requirements are in addition to the requirements for proving your identity and residency when you register to vote.

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use a photo ID showing your name. Find more info below.

Is student ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use a photo ID showing your name. Find more info below.

Is an expired ID accepted?

Sometimes!
If needed, an additional ID must be current. Find more info below.

Montana ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

You can cast a regular ballot if you present one of the following IDs:

  • Montana driver’s license
  • Montana state ID
  • Military ID card
  • Tribal photo ID card
  • US passport
  • Montana concealed carry permit

OR

Any photo ID (including from a school district or postsecondary education institution) that shows your name. Plus one of the following current documents that shows your name and current address:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Other government document

Frequently Asked Questions

Registered voters in Montana must confirm their identity when they vote in person.

You may cast a provisional ballot at your polling place by signing a statement swearing that to the best of your knowledge you are eligible to vote.

In order for your provisional ballot to count, the election administrator must find that the signature on this statement matches your signature on your voter registration form AND you must provide an acceptable form of ID in person, by facsimile or electronically.

You can use any form of ID that is acceptable for voting in person.

OR

You can provide one of the documents listed below, so long as it’s current.

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Other government document

AND

You must complete and sign a statement swearing that you have one of the following “reasonable impediments” to providing an acceptable ID:

  • Lack of transportation
  • Lack of birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain identification
  • Work schedule
  • Lost or stolen identification
  • Disability or illness
  • Family responsibilities
  • Photo identification has been applied for but not received

You must provide your ID by 5 PM on the day after the election. If you are providing a copy by mail, it must be postmarked by 5 PM on the day after election day and received and verified by 3 PM on the sixth day after the election.

VoteRiders is here to help! Get in touch if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

You do not need a REAL ID to vote in Montana.

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.

To apply for voter registration, you must provide your Montana driver’s license number, Montana state identification card number, or the last four digits of your social security number.

Otherwise, you must provide one of the following:

  • military identification card
  • tribal photo identification card
  • United States passport
  • Montana concealed carry permit

OR

Any other form of photo identification (including a school district or postsecondary education photo ID)

AND

You must provide one of the documents listed below, so long as it’s current.

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Other government document

If you provide one of these documents and apply in person, you must show the original document to the election administrator.

If you provide one of these documents and apply by mail, you must enclose a readable copy of the document with the application.

VoteRiders is here to help! Get in touch if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

 

Find up-to-date service and location 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.

Montana ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

You must provide acceptable ID information or photo ID (and possibly an additional identification document) with your absentee ballot. More information in the FAQ below!

Frequently Asked Questions

Any registered Montana voter can request an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

No, unless you are voting in a federal election for the first time in Montana. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators.

Please see the federal ID requirements for first-time voters for more information.

You must provide acceptable ID information with your mail-in ballot.

You can provide one of the following:

  • Montana driver’s license number
  • Montana state ID card number
  • last 4 digits of your Social Security number

OR

A readable copy of one of the following:
  • Military ID card
  • Tribal photo ID card
  • United States passport
  • Photo ID card issued by a Montana college or university
  • Montana concealed carry permit

OR

Any other form of readable photo identification with your name

AND

You must provide one of the documents listed below, so long as it’s current.

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Notice of confirmation of voter registration
  • Government check
  • Other government document

You may check the status of your absentee ballot at the Secretary of State website.

If your absentee or mail ballot is rejected for one of the following reasons

  •  it did not have the required signature on the signature envelope
  • it included a signature that did not appear to match the signature on your voter registration card and/or on your absentee application
  • it did not contain the required ID copy to resolve your provisional registration

You can complete a ballot rejection notice and submit it, along with a copy of your ID, to your county election office.