North Dakota ID requirements for voting by mail

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Who is eligible to request an absentee/mail ballot and vote by mail?

Any North Dakota voter can vote absentee/by mail. No excuse is required.

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

To obtain an absentee/mail ballot, an application must include:

  • The identification number from one of the applicant's valid forms of identification:
    • A North Dakota DOT-issued driver’s license
    • A North Dakota DOT-issued nondriver’s identification card
    • An official form of identification issued by a tribal government to a tribal member residing in ND
  • If the identification document being relied upon does not include the voter’s legal name, current address in ND, and date of birth, the individual can supplement any missing or outdated voter information with:
    • Current utility bill
    • Current bank statement
    • Document or check issued by a federal, state or local government
    • Paycheck


  • For a uniformed service member or immediate family member temporarily stationed away from the individual's residence in ND, or a resident of ND temporarily living outside the country: A current military identification card or passport.
  • For an individual living in a long-term care facility: A long-term care certificate prescribed by the secretary of state and issued by a long-term care facility in ND.
  • For a voter living with a disability that prevents the individual from traveling away from their home: The signature on an absentee/mail ballot application from another qualified ND elector who, by signing, certifies the applicant is a qualified elector in that precinct.

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: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey