District of Columbia

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 DC

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in DC

Is an expired ID accepted?

Yes!
No ID is required to vote in DC

District of Columbia ID Requirements for Voting In Person

You do not need to show ID when you vote in person.

BUT: If you are marked as “ID required” but do not show your ID, your ballot will be treated as a Special Ballot. You have two days following the election to show your ID to the Elections Board.

ALSO: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in DC, 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

You may register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day during any early voting period at an Early Voting Center, or at your local polling place but only on Election Day.

You must show proof of residence, which may include one of the following:

  • A copy of a current government-issued photo identification
  • A utility bill for water, gas, electricity, cable, internet, telephone, or cellular phone service*
  • A savings, checking, credit, or money market account statement from a bank or credit union*
  • A paycheck, stub, or earning statement that includes the employer’s name, address, and telephone number*
  • A government-issued document or check from a federal or District agency, other than the Board of Elections*
  • A current residential lease or rental agreement
  • An occupancy statement from a District homeless shelter*
  • A tuition or housing bill from a District of Columbia college or university issued for the current academic or housing term.

*issued no earlier than 90 days before the election

District of Columbia ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

All Washington, DC voters can vote by mail. No excuse is required.

You do not need a copy of your ID to vote by mail in DC unless the “ID Required” box is marked on your ballot.

If this box is marked, you must provide one of the following:

  • a copy of DC DMV-ID
  • a copy of a government check or paystub
  • a copy of a bank statement
  • a copy of a student housing statement
  • a copy of a homeless shelter occupancy statement
  • a copy of other government ID or document showing your name and address

ALSO: If it is your first time voting in a federal election in DC, 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

There is no process to “cure” (fix) your ballot if it is rejected.