Delaware ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Governor John Carney has signed House Bill 346, which allows Delawareans to vote by mail in the 2020 primary, general, and special elections. You can request an absentee ballot online here. Absentee ballot requests must be received no later than the close of business on Election Day.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help.


Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

You must be a registered voter and unable to go to your regular polling place for one of the following reasons:

  • Work: The nature of your work prevents you from going to your polling place
  • School: Your enrollment in higher education prevents you from going to your polling place
  • Public Service: Your service to the U.S. or to the State of Delaware prevents you from going to your polling place (Spouses or dependents of the person in service also qualify)
  • Religion: The tenets or teaching of your religion prevent you from going to your polling place
  • Vacation: You are on vacation on Election Day
  • Illness: You are sick
  • Permanently or temporarily disabled
  • Incarcerated (Not for a felony)

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: May 18, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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