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?

No!
You cannot use an ID issued by another state

Is student ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use a student ID if it is unexpired with your photo

Is an expired ID accepted?

No!
You cannot use an expired ID

COVID-19 Updates

The Secretary of State has announced that counties are authorized to conduct the general election entirely by mail. It is expected that all 56 counties will participate. Absentee ballots require no excuse.

Montana ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

  • Current photo ID showing voter’s name (for example: a driver’s license, state ID, school district or post-secondary education ID, tribal ID)
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, voter registration confirmation, government check or other government document showing voter’s name and current address

If you do not have any of the items listed above, you can still vote a regular ballot if your “Polling Place Elector ID” form can be verified by the Election Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

If you are a registered voter but do not present a valid ID at the polling place, you can still vote a regular ballot if your Polling Place Elector ID form can be verified by the Election Office.

Otherwise, you may cast a provisional ballot. In order for your provisional ballot to count, you must provide an acceptable ID or other proof of eligibility by 5:00 PM the day after the election (in person or electronically). You can also mail it if postmarked by the day after the election.

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 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.

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

Any registered Montana voter can request an absentee ballot. Most voters do not need to provide a copy of their ID to vote by mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signature on file.

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.