West Virginia

Registered voters in West Virginia need to confirm their identity when they vote in person. There are several forms of identification you can use.

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

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use an unexpired driver's license issued by any state

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use an unexpired student ID that shows your photo

Is an expired ID accepted?

No!
You cannot use an expired ID

West Virginia ID Requirements for Voting In Person

You can use one of the following photo IDs if it is unexpired: 

  • West Virginia driver’s license 
  • Other ID issued by West Virginia DMV 
  • Driver’s license issued by another state
  • US Passport
  • US Military ID 
  • Employee ID card issued by United States government or West Virginia state government 
  • Student ID card
  • Concealed carry permit

You can use the following forms of non-photo ID. Must be unexpired if it has an expiration date:

  • Voter registration card
  • Medicare card or Social Security card
  • Birth certificate
  • West Virginia hunting or fishing license
  • West Virginia SNAP ID card
  • West Virginia TANF program ID card
  • West Virginia Medicaid ID card
  • Bank or debit card
  • Utility bill or bank statement (dated within six months of election date)
  • Health insurance card issued to you

Frequently Asked Questions

Exception 1. Signed, Sworn Statement by an Adult who has Known You for At Least 6 Months
You do not have to show an ID to vote if you are accompanied by an adult who:
  1. Has known you for at least 6 months;
  2. Shows a photo ID with his or her name and address; and
  3. Signs an affidavit at the polling place confirming your identity.
Exception 2: A Poll Worker Knows You
You do not have to show ID to vote if a poll worker has known you for at least 6 months. No additional affidavit or ID is required.
Exception 3: Residents of State Care Facilities
Residents of licensed WV state care facilities do not have to show ID to vote if:
  1. You are a resident of the care facility;
  2. The care facility is a polling place; and
  3. The resident’s polling place is located at the care facility.

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

If you are a registered voter and do not have an ID that is acceptable for voting, you are eligible to receive a free Voter ID Card from the state. 

The Card will show your name, address, photo and voter identification number. Applications must be submitted in person at the county clerk’s office, and you can choose for your Voter ID Card to be or you can pick it up at the county clerk’s office.

VoteRiders can help you apply for a free ID and secure any documents that you need. Get free help now!

If you don’t bring an acceptable ID to the polls and don’t fall under an exception, you may vote a provisional ballot.

For your ballot to count: 

  • you can bring an acceptable ID at the polls before they close on Election Day

OR 

  • you can bring an acceptable ID to the municipal clerk by 4:00 pm on the Friday following the election

OR

  • the signature on your provisional ballot envelope must match the signature in 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 to vote in West Virginia.

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.

If you need to renew your state photo ID or driver’s license (or apply for a new one) you must go through the REAL ID process.

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

West Virginia ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Only certain voters are eligible to vote absentee in West Virginia

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

Frequently Asked Questions

You may vote by absentee ballot by mail in West Virginia if: 

  • You will be absent from the county during both the early voting period and Election Day because of personal or business travel or attendance at a college, university or other place of education or training
  • Your employment makes voting in person impossible because of the hours worked and distance from the county seat
  • You are confined to a specific location and prevented from voting in person due to an illness, injury, other medical reason, physical disability, or advanced age
  • You are incarcerated or detained in jail or at home on Election Day, but not under conviction of any felony, of treason, or of bribery (including any period of probation or parole) 
  • You are a participant in the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) with the Office of the Secretary of State
  • The county absentee voting office and your polling place are inaccessible to you due to your physical disability 
  • You are temporarily residing outside of the county (you must receive ballot at an address outside of the county.)
  • You are serving as an elected or appointed state or federal official (you must receive ballot at an address outside of the county.)

No, unless it is your first time voting in a federal election in West Virginia. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators.

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

No.