District of Columbia ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Absentee ballots will be mailed to all registered voters for the November general election. Instructions on how to vote and return your ballot will be included along with your ballot. Your voted and mailed ballot must be postmarked or otherwise demonstrated to have been sent on or before Election Day, and must arrive no later than the 7th day after Election Day.

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

All registered voters can apply for an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

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

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

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?


Last update: April 11, 2020

Hannah Piercey