North Dakota

Voters in North Dakota need to confirm their identity when they vote in person. There are several forms of identification you can use.

You must provide ID information when you apply for your mail ballot.

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

No!
You cannot use an ID issued by another state

Is student ID accepted?

No!
You cannot use an ID issued by another state

Is an expired ID accepted?

No!
You can only use ID that is unexpired or doesn’t show an expiration date

North Dakota ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

You can use the following forms of ID:
  • Current North Dakota driver’s license
  • Current North Dakota non-driver’s ID card
  • Tribal government-issued ID
OR
  • Long-term care identification certificate (provided by ND facility)
Your ID must show your:
  • Name
  • Current residential address (not a PO Box)
  • Date of birth
In addition to your ID, you can supplement any missing or outdated voter info with:
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Document or check issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government
  • Paycheck

Frequently Asked Questions

If you didn’t bring ID to the polling place, your ballot will be set aside

In order for your ballot to be counted, you must return with ID to the polling place before the polls close on Election Day. 

OR 

You can bring ID to the office of your area’s elections administrator before the meeting of the canvassing board. This is typically on the sixth 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 North Dakota.

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.

In-person services are available by appointment only.

North Dakota ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Any North Dakota voter can vote by mail. You must provide ID information when you apply for your ballot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any voter in North Dakota can vote by mail. No excuse is required but you must request a ballot.

You must include the following when you apply for an absentee/mail ballot: 

  • The identification number from an acceptable form of ID:
    • Current North Dakota driver’s license
    • Current North Dakota non-driver’s ID card
    • Tribal government-issued ID
  • If this ID does not include your legal name, current address, and date of birth – you can supplement this information with: : 
    • Current utility bill
    • Current bank statement
    • Document or check issued by a federal, state or local government
    • Paycheck

OR

  • If you are a uniformed service member or their immediate family member temporarily serving away from your residence in North Dakota: 
    • You may use a current military ID or passport 
  • If you are a resident of North Dakota temporarily living outside the country 
    • You may use a passport 
  • If you are an individual living in a long-term care facility: 
    • You may use a long-term care certificate prescribed by the secretary of state and issued by a long-term care facility in North Dakota
  • If you are or a voter living with a disability that prevents the individual from traveling away from their home: 
    • The signature on an absentee/mail ballot application from another qualified North Dakota voter, who, by signing, certifies that you are qualified to vote in that precinct 

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.