New Hampshire

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

Most voters do not need a copy of their ID to vote by mail in New Hampshire.

These voter ID rules are in addition to the requirements for proving your identity and residency when you register to vote. Learn more

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use a driver's license or state ID issued by any state

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use a student ID from accredited and approved institutions in New Hampshire

Is an expired ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use a photo ID with an expiration or issuance date that does not to exceed 5 years (if you are over 65, an expired ID is OK)

New Hampshire ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

You can use any of the following photo IDs. The expiration or issuance date cannot exceed 5 years. If you are age 65 or older, your ID is acceptable even if it is expired.

  • Driver’s license from any state or federal government
  • Non-driver’s ID card issued by any state
  • Military ID
  • US passport
  • Student ID issued by listed institutions in New Hampshire
    • Postsecondary school ID must show the date of issuance
  • Any other photo ID considered legitimate

Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not present a photo ID that is approved or otherwise verified by an election official, you will be permitted to vote after executing a challenged voter affidavit. 

In addition, a photograph taken of you will be attached to the challenged voter affidavit. (If you object to the photograph requirement because of religious beliefs, you may execute an affidavit of religious exemption that will be attached to the challenged voter affidavit instead of the photograph.)

If you filled out a challenged voter affidavit in order to vote on Election Day, you will receive a verification letter from the Secretary of State requesting confirmation that you voted in the election.

If you do not respond in writing to the Secretary of State within 30 days of the date it was mailed, the Attorney General will conduct an investigation to determine whether fraudulent voting occurred.

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 New Hampshire.

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.

You may register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day only on Election Day at your local polling place. You will need to provide proof of your identity, age, citizenship and residence address, which can be proved by documents or by signing a Qualified Voter Affidavit and, if applicable, a Domicile Affidavit, under oath. Acceptable documents are:

  • A driver’s license or non-driver ID from any state can prove identity and age
  • A birth certificate, US passport/passcard or naturalization document can prove citizenship

Many types of documents, showing your name and address, can prove your residence address including: a New Hampshire driver’s license or non-driver ID or motor vehicle registration, lease, real property tax bill, public utility bill, deed or similar document, state or federal tax form or other government form, school document including note from school official or other document showing evidence of your residing at your address.

New Hampshire ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

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

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

To be eligible to vote absentee, you must meet one of the following:

  • You will be absent on the day of any state election from the county, city, or town in which you are registered to vote
  • You have a religious commitment on Election Day
  • You have a physical disability
  • You are in the military
  • Your employment obligation (including the care of children and infirm adults, with or without compensation) does not allow you to go to the polls
  • You are in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the time the polls close
  • You are an emergency worker called into service.

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

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

No, but the signature on your absentee ballot must match your signature on file with the state.

While notice of any defect(s) in your absentee ballot is not explicitly required, the state’s “best practice” is to attempt to notify any absentee voter whose ballot has been rejected for any reason.

The Absentee Ballot Application form requires you to provide a phone number and or email address where you can be contacted. The Clerk will explain how and where you can cure the defect that caused the rejection.