IOWA Voter ID Information

Registered Iowa voters must show photo ID at the polls to vote. If you are a registered voter but didn't bring your ID to the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must provide ID at the county auditor's ofice before the time of the county canvass of votes, which is typically the Monday after election day.

VoteRiders provides information and free, expert assistance to help you with voter ID. We can help with renewing your expired ID, obtaining the documents needed to secure your ID, and covering the cost of getting to and from ID-issuing offices. Call or text VoteRiders’ Voter ID Helpline: 844-338-8743.

GUIDE TO VOTER ID RULES IN IOWA

You must show one ID at the polls:
  • Iowa Driver's License
  • Iowa Non-Operator's ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID
  • Veteran's ID
  • Voter ID Card
If no ID: another registered voter in the precinct may attest to your identity; or you may (1) prove your identity and residence using Election Day Registration documents or (2) cast a provisional ballot and provide ID by the Monday after Election Day.
If your ID does not include your new address, you may provide a separate proof of residence.

 

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.

OUT-OF-STATE ID

NO! Iowa does not accept ID from other states as voter ID. 

STUDENT ID

NO! Iowa does not accept student ID.

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