Louisiana ID requirements for absentee ballots

Who is eligible for Absentee Voting?

Voters can vote absentee in the following circumstances:

  • Voter is a student, professor or instructor in higher education, or the spouse/dependent residing with them
  • Voter is Clergy
  • Voter is temporarily absent
  • Voter moved out of Parish
  • Voter is in involuntary confinement
  • Voter is hospitalized
  • Voter is offshore on Election Day
  • Voter is Incarcerated
  • Voter is part of Address Confidential Program
  • Voter is a juror for a trial
  • Voter is at least 65 years of age
  • Voter is disabled/homebound/in a nursing or veteran's home

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

Students who are first-time voters have to send a copy of their student ID or fee bill.

Voters who are disabled/homebound/in a nursing or veteran's home have to provide copy of a photo ID, which includes:

  • Louisiana driver’s license
  • Louisiana special ID card
  • Other photo ID with name and signature


A letter of oath that lists the names and addresses of two persons residing in the voter’s precinct who could make oath, if required, to the fact that the voter is physically disabled.

Voters who are disabled/homebound/in a nursing or Veteran's home also have to provide ONE proof of disability:

  • Copy of a mobility impaired identification card issued by the Office of Motor Vehicles

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on the vote-by-mail ballot must match the voter registration signature.

If you registered to vote by mail and are voting by absentee ballot in your first federal election, you must enclose a copy of your photo ID or document bearing your name and residence address in the envelope with your voted ballot.

last update: March 18, 2020