Voter ID laws require or request that you confirm your identity using specific forms of ID.
You might need to show ID at the polls, include a copy with your absentee ballot application, or enclose one when you vote by mail.
What ID you need depends on where you live. Some states require a document such as a current government-issued photo ID that includes your address and signature. Others will accept a current utility bill or bank statement.
Voter ID is in addition to the requirements for proving your identity and residency when you register to vote. If it is your first time voting in a federal election (except in North Dakota), please see the federal ID requirements for first-time voters. A federal election is when you vote for the President, your Congressional Representative or your Senators.
Many states send a card that is confirmation of your voter registration details. It typically arrives a few weeks after you register to vote. Here is an example from Texas:
A handful of states accept this voter registration card as a form of voter ID. But you will likely need to be prepared with something else when you cast your ballot.
If you want another copy of your voter registration card:
Look up the contact information for your local election officials. This could be your county registrar, clerk-recorder, municipal clerk, or board of elections.
Pro tip: You can probably find a directory on your secretary of state’s website.
Email or call the office and ask for a duplicate voter registration card. They will be able to help you out!
It’s easy to get confused about what you need to vote and getting documents to prove your identity can be complicated.
You can count on VoteRiders to provide accurate and nonpartisan information about what’s required in your state.
Plus: practical, legal, or financial support if you need it!