Pennsylvania

You need to confirm your identity when you vote at your polling place for the first time. There are several forms of identification you can use. 

All voters must provide ID information or a copy of acceptable 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?

Yes!
You can use a student ID with a photo

Is an expired ID accepted?

Sometimes!
Some forms of ID must be unexpired

Pennsylvania ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

You can use one of the following photo IDs when voting for the first time in your precinct:

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license (must be unexpired) 
  • PennDOT ID card (must be unexpired) 
  • ID issued by Pennsylvania Commonwealth
  • ID issued by United States government 
  • US Passport
  • Military ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

OR 

You can use a non-photo form of identification that shows your name and address:

  • Voter Registration Card
  • ID issued by Pennsylvania Commonwealth 
  • 
ID issued by United States government
  • 
Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill, bank statement or paycheck

IMPORTANT NOTE

Pennsylvania’s voter ID requirement for first-time voters at a precinct is separate from the federal voter registration requirement for first-time voters. Check those rules here.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a registered first-time voter but didn’t bring your ID to the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot. 

In order for your ballot to count you must sign an affidavit.

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 Pennsylvania.

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.

Pennsylvania ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Pennsylvania has two options for registered voters to vote by mail:

  • Absentee ballot – If you will be out of the municipality on Election Day or have a physical disability or illness, this ballot type should be requested.

    You must list the reason for the ballot request and sign a declaration that they are entitled to do so, including the attending physician’s information if based on illness or physical disability.
  • Mail-in ballot – If you do not qualify as an absentee voter, you may apply for a mail-in ballot and must sign a declaration that you are entitled to do so. You may simply request this ballot without listing a reason.

All voters must provide ID information or a copy of an acceptable ID to vote by mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

To receive an absentee ballot, you must be one of the following:

  • A person with an illness or physical disability  who is unable to go to the polling place or to operate a voting machine and obtain assistance by distinct and audible statements 
    • Note: A voter with a disability may have permanent absentee voter status.
  • A person who will not go to a polling place on election day because of the  observance of a religious holiday
  • A person who is or may be in the military service of the U.S., regardless of whether at the time of voting the person is present in the election district of residence or in the Commonwealth and regardless of whether they are registered to vote
    • Spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying them are also eligible to vote absentee
  • A member of the Merchant Marine who expects to be absent on Election Day from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting 
    • Spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying them are also eligible to vote absentee 
  • A member of a religious or welfare group attached to and serving with the armed forces, who expects on Election Day to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting 
    • Spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying them are also eligible to vote absentee 
  • An individual who, because of the elector’s duties, occupation or business (including leaves of absence for teaching, vacations and sabbatical leaves), expects on Election Day to be absent from their municipality of residence during the entire period the polls are open for voting 
    • Spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying you are also eligible to vote absentee 
  • A county employee  who expects that their election day duties relating to the conduct of the election will prevent them from voting

If you do not qualify as an absentee voter, you may apply for a mail-in ballot and must sign a declaration that you are entitled to do so. You may simply request this ballot without listing a reason.

Yes, both absentee ballot and mail-in ballot requests require one of the following:

  • Pennsylvania Driver’s License or PennDOT photo ID number
  • Otherwise, last 4 digits of your Social Security number

If you have neither of the above, check the box titled “I do not have a PA driver’s license or a PennDOT ID card or a Social Security number” in the Identification section.

If this option is selected, you must enclose a photocopy of an acceptable photo ID that shows a NAME, a PHOTO, and an EXPIRATION DATE that is CURRENT (unless noted otherwise). Some examples:

  • US Passport
  • US Military ID (active duty and retired military ID may designate an expiration date that is indefinite).
    • Military dependents’ ID must contain a current expiration date.
  • Employee photo identification issued by United States government, Pennsylvania state government, Pennsylvania county government, or Pennsylvania Municipal government.
  • Photo identification issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private post-high school institution
  • Photo identification issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences and personal care homes

Some voters are exempt from these requirements, including:

  • UOCAVA Voters
  • Voters with a disability
  • Voters over 65 years old and affected by the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act

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.