Washington

All registered Washington voters will automatically receive a mail-in ballot before each election.

If you choose to vote in person, you must confirm your identity. There are several forms of identification you can use.

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 photo ID

Is an expired ID accepted?

No!
Your ID must be unexpired or show no expiration date

Washington ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE ID

Your signature on ballot declaration or provisional ballot must match voter registration record, or you must provide photo ID such as:
  • Driver’s license
  • State ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Tribal ID card
  • Employer ID card

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Your signature on the ballot declaration or provisional ballot must match your voter registration record.

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

You do not need a “REAL ID” (called an Enhanced Driver License or Enhanced State ID) to vote in Washington.

Your 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.

Renewal and change of address services are available online.

Review tips for in-person office visits.

Washington ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

All registered Washington voters will automatically receive a mail-in ballot before each election. 

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

Frequently Asked Questions

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration record.

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