Registered voters in DC are NOT required to show ID at the polls, except for some first-time voters. If you are a first-time voter but didn't bring your ID to the polling place, you may cast a Special Ballot. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must provide ID to the board of elections within two days after the election.

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.  VoteRiders can help with up-to-date resources and free assistance to help you with DC voter ID questions.

VoteRiders provides updated information and free, expert assistance to help you with voter ID questions including how to renew your expired ID, how to obtain the documents needed to secure your ID, and how to correct errors in your birth certificate. Call or text VoteRiders’ Voter ID Helpline: 844-338-8743.

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.
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