SOUTH CAROLINA Voter ID Information

Registered South Carolina voters must show 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. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must sign an affidavit. You must then bring your photo ID to the election commission before the election is certified, usually the Thursday or Friday after the election. If you have a reasonable impediment to getting an ID, you may vote a provisional ballot, produce your current non-photo registration card and sign a statement of reasonable impediment explaining why you do not have a photo ID. The ballot will count unless someone proves to the election commission that you are lying about your identity or about having the stated impediment.

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.


Current photo ID:
  • SC Driver’s License or DMV ID card
  • US Passport
  • Military ID issued by federal government
  • SC Voter Registration card
If you cannot obtain a valid ID because of a "reasonable impediment," you can list such impediment; present your current, non-photo registration card; and sign an affidavit so your provisional ballot will count.



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! South Carolina does not accept out-of-state ID to vote. 


NO! South Carolina does not accept student ID.