RHODE ISLAND Voter ID Information

Registered Rhode Island voters must show photo ID at the polls to vote. If you are a registered voter but didn't bring your ID to the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot. You must provide any necessary information or documents to Board of Canvassers by close of business the day after Election Day. Otherwise, the board will use signature match to determine if your ballot will be counted.

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.

GUIDE TO VOTER ID RULES IN RHODE ISLAND

PHOTO ID:
  • RI driver’s license
  • US passport
  • ID card issued by a US-located educational institution
  • US military ID card
  • ID card issued by US government or State of RI (RIPTA bus pass, etc.)
  • Government issued medical card
  • RI Voter ID card
Voters without ID can vote a provisional ballot, which will be counted if you provide acceptable voter ID by the end of the day on the day after the election. Otherwise, signature matching will determine if your ballot will be counted.

 

VOTER REGISTRATION

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.

OUT-OF-STATE ID

No! Rhode Island does not accept ID from out of state as voter ID. 

STUDENT ID

YES! Rhode Island accepts a student ID card issued by a US-located educational institution.

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