Michigan ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Michigan has mailed absentee ballot applications to all registered voters for the August primary, and will also do so for the November general election. All new registrants will also receive absentee ballots applications.

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 absent voter ballot and vote by mail?

Any eligible and registered Michigan voter may apply for an absent voter ballot. No excuse is required. You can request an absent voter ballot at the same time you register.

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 absent voter ballot request?

No, but your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued.

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: June 17, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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