TENNESSEE Voter ID Information

Registered Tennessee 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 bring valid ID to the election commission office before close of business two business days after the election. If you are an indigent voter and unable to obtain ID, or if you have a religious objection to being photographed, you can sign an affidavit of identity and vote.

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 TENNESSEE

Photo ID with voter’s name, even if expired:
  • TN driver license or TN state ID
  • US Passport
  • ID issued by TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • ID issued by federal or TN state government
  • US Military ID
  • TN handgun carry permit
NOTE: College student ID unacceptable
Can sign form under oath if unable to afford documents to get photo ID

 

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! Tennessee does not accept IDs from other states as voter ID.

STUDENT ID

NO! Tennessee does not accept student ID.

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