Ohio ID requirements for voting by mail

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

Any registered Ohio voter can vote absentee. No excuse is necessary.

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?

Voters must provide a Driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of Social Security Number.

If a voter CANNOT provide a driver’s license number or SSN, then they must provide a copy of one of the following:

  • Any current and valid photo ID with voter’s name
  • Military ID with voter’s name
  • Utility bill with voter’s name and Ohio address *
  • Bank statement with voter’s name and Ohio address *
  • Paycheck with voter’s name and Ohio address *
  • Government documents including check, other than voter registration notification, with voter’s name and current address *

* within the last 12 months

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see Voter Registration 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.

Last update: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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