CALIFORNIA Voter ID Information

VoteRiders can help you exercise your democratic right to vote in California. Once you are registered to vote, California does NOT require voters to show ID at the polls, except for some first-time voters as required by federal law. However, sometimes poll workers are confused and will ask for ID for voting. Voters may also be confused and believe that they cannot vote without ID.  That is why VoteRiders provides updated resources and free assistance to help you with voter ID questions. For questions about California's voting requirements, call VoteRiders’ Voter ID Helpline: 844-338-8743.

IDS FOR FIRST TIME VOTERS (FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS)

Voter registration requires in this order:

  • Current driver’s license number OR
  • Last 4 digits of social security number OR
  • State-assigned unique number

If haven’t provided above and vote in person, show a current:

  • Photo ID, OR
  • Copy of utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document including check*

If haven’t provided above and vote by mail, provide a COPY of current:

  • Photo ID, OR
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document including check*

* shows voter’s name and address


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