Virginia ID requirements for voting by mail

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

Any registered Virginia voter can vote absentee. No excuse is required.

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).

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

Yes, you must provide one of the following*:

  • Voter confirmation documents
  • Virginia driver’s license (acceptable even if expired)
  • US passport
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Student ID issued by private school, college or university in VA
  • Student ID issued by college or university in any state or territory of the US
  • Other US, Virginia or local government-issued ID
  • Copy of current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document containing the name and address of the voter.

* Expired up to 12 months

If you don’t have an acceptable ID, you can still vote by providing a sworn statement.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No.

Last update: May 5, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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