PENNSYLVANIA Voter ID Information

Registered first-time Pennsylvania voters must show ID at the polls to vote. If you are a registered first-time voter but didn't bring your ID to the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must sign an affidavit.

VoteRiders provides information and free, expert assistance to help you with voter ID. We can help with renewing your expired ID, obtaining the documents needed to secure your ID, and covering the cost of getting to and from ID-issuing offices. Call or text VoteRiders’ Voter ID Helpline: 844-338-8743.


IDs for first time voters at a polling place

Photo ID:

  • PA Driver’s License or PennDOT ID card*
  • PA Commonwealth issued ID
  • U.S. Government issued ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • Military ID
  • Student ID
Employee ID

OR Non-photo ID that includes name and address:

  • Voter Registration Card
  • PA Commonwealth issued ID
US Government issued ID
Firearm permit
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check*

* must be current

 Absentee ballot applications: PA Driver’s License #, Social Security #, OR copy of above-listed ID

Note: Pennsylvania’s voter ID requirement for first time voters at a precinct is separate from the HAVA federal voter registration requirement for first time voters



First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.


NO! Pennsylvania does not accept ID from other states as voter ID. 


YES! Pennsylvania accepts student ID.