New York

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 New York

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in New York

Is an expired ID accepted?

No!
No ID is required to vote in New York

COVID-19 Update

Risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 will be accepted as an excuse for voting absentee in the 2020 General Election.

If you determine it is unsafe to vote in person due to the pandemic, mark the box on your absentee ballot application that reads:

“temporary illness or physical disability”

New York 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 DC. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators. Review federal ID requirements for first-time voters.

New York ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 will be accepted as an excuse for voting absentee in the 2020 General Election.

If you determine it is unsafe to vote in person due to the pandemic, mark the box on your absentee ballot application that reads:

“temporary illness or physical disability”

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

Frequently Asked Questions

You may request an absentee ballot if you are:

  • Absent from your county on Election Day
  • Absent from New York City on Election Day (NYC residents only)
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability
    • “Temporary Illness or Physical Disability” may include the risk potential of contracting or spreading COVID-19
  • Primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or have a physical disability.
  • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony

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

Learn more about federal ID requirements for first-time voters.

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.