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.

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

Montana conducted its June 2 primary entirely by mail, but no determination has yet been made by the Governor regarding the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

A court injunction has been issued which stops the law which would have limited the number of absentee ballots that a person or group can drop off. A further hearing is expected in September.

 

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

If you are a registered voter but didn’t bring your ID to 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.

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.

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 the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.