Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?
Any registered Virginia voter can vote absentee. No excuse is required.
- 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?
Last update: May 5, 2020