Minnesota ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: There will be no witness or notary requirement for mail-in ballots for the August primary, unless you are an unregistered voter. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than August 11 and received within two days thereafter. You can get a copy of a mail-in ballot application here.

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 absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any Minnesota voter may apply to vote an absentee ballot by mail. No excuse is required.

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 absentee ballot request?

The absentee ballot application requests that you provide a MN issued driver’s license number or MN ID card number and social security number (last four digits).  If you do not have these identifiers, there is a box to check.  However, if you have an ID number but refuse to give it, your absentee ballot may be rejected and you will be unable to check the status of your absentee ballot online.

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file. Your absentee ballot cannot be counted unless it is notarized or has the signature of a witness who is a registered Minnesota voter.

Last update: June 26, 2020

Hannah Piercey