Rhode Island

Voters in Rhode Island need to show photo ID to confirm their identity when voting in person.

If you don’t have an acceptable photo ID, there may be other ways you can confirm your identity.

Most voters do not need 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?

Yes!
You can use a student ID issued by educational institutions located in the United States

Is an expired ID accepted?

Sometimes!
You can use your ID if it is expired less than 6 months, but it does not need to have your current address

Rhode Island ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID

You can use the following photo IDs (not expired more than 6 months prior to voting):

  • Rhode Island driver’s license or permit
  • US Passport
  • ID card issued by any federally recognized tribal government
  • Military ID
  • ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
  • ID card issued by federal government or state of Rhode Island (example: RIPTA bus pass)
  • Medical ID issued by the government

If you don’t have one of the photo IDs listed above, you are eligible to receive a Rhode Island Voter ID card from the Secretary of State.

You can use this Voter ID card to cast your ballot. Check the FAQ below to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a registered voter and do not have a photo ID that is acceptable for voting, you are eligible to receive a Voter ID card from the Rhode Island Secretary of State.

You will need to provide documents to prove your identity in order to receive an ID.

VoteRiders can give you free help to get the documents you need. Get help now!

Voters in Rhode Island must show photo ID to confirm their identity when voting in person.

If you are a registered voter and do not bring an acceptable ID, you may cast a provisional ballot.

You must provide the necessary documents to the Board of Canvassers before the close of business on the day after the election.  Otherwise, the Board will compare the signature on your ballot to your signature on file to determine if your ballot counts.

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 Rhode Island.

Your driver’s license or state ID card will show a star if it meets REAL ID requirements under federal law. You may also hear it called a “gold star” ID.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

 

You may register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day, only on Election Day and only for President and Vice President, at the location in your town designated by your local Board of Canvassers. You must show an acceptable ID.

The Rhode Island DMV is open by appointment only.

Hours and locations are listed on the DMV website.

There are authorized third parties that may provide driver’s licenses and state IDs services, for which they charge a fee. Click here for more information.

 

Rhode Island ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

You do not need a copy of your ID when you vote by mail in Rhode Island.

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in Rhode Island, 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

Any registered Rhode Island voter can vote by mail. No excuse is required.

You do not need a copy of your ID when you vote by mail in Rhode Island.

BUT: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in Rhode Island, 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 your ballot certification envelope must include:

  • the signatures from two witnesses or a notary

AND

  • your signature, which must match your signature on both:
    • your mail ballot application
    • the state’s voter registration system.

If there’s a mismatch against either signature on file, your ballot would be considered invalid but you can correct the problem.

If any of the signatures on the certification envelope for your mail ballot are found to be defective or incomplete by election officials, you will be provided with notice and an opportunity to “cure” (fix) the issue(s).

The Board of Elections will attempt to notify you of the defect if you:

  • omitted your signature
  • your signature does not match the signature on your mail ballot application or the signature on file with the state’s voter registration system
  • you did not provide the signatures of two witnesses or a notary

The Board of Elections will provide a form through which the problem can be corrected.

The Board of Elections may also attempt to notify you of the defect via phone or email if they have your contact information.

You must cure the missing or deficient signature(s) to guarantee that your vote will be counted. The form provided by the Board of Elections must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on the third day following the date of a Primary or seven days after the General or Special Election Day.