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Voter ID Laws are laws in each state that may require a voter to show government issued photo identification at the polling places. All states must meet the minimum requirement set by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) which requires photo ID for those who register by mail and did not provide identification. However, some states have stricter requirements set by state law.[1]

Voter ID by the numbers
20 states require photo ID
14 states have non-photo requirements
Read about pending voter ID laws and lawsuits here.
Click on a tab below for more details

In general, valid forms of photo ID often include:

  • a valid driver's license
  • military ID
  • a state identification card
  • United States passport
  • student identification

If valid ID is not provided, most states issue a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are usually counted once a voter's eligibility is confirmed. Some states require that confirmation be provided within a particular time frame following the election. Make sure to check your state for specific details.

(last updated May 13, 2014)

For the purposes of this page, we assessed each state's laws by categorizing them into two broad groups: whether the state does or does not require photo IDs on election day at polling locations.

Some states do require photo IDs in particular situations but not in general (first time voters, for example). On the tab called "Details by state" you'll find more information about upcoming changes in state laws, pending legislation and links to state documents that outline details about what is considered a valid form of identification.

State Brief summary Link for specific details
Alabama All voters are required to provide photo identification in order to vote.

Note: Starting with the June 2014 primaries, each voter was required to provide a valid photo ID. A 2011 voter photo ID law went into effect after the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on June 25, 2013, no longer requiring certain states to seek pre-approval for changes in voting laws.[2] Voters may obtain a free photo ID from the Secretary of State's Office, their county registrar's office or a mobile location, which changes daily. The mobile location schedule can be found here.[3]

Alaska All voters are required to provide identification. This includes photo and non-photo identification. Link
Arizona All voters are required to show proof of identity at the polling place before receiving a ballot. The voter must announce his/her name, place of residence and present photo identification.

Note: Proposition 200, approved by voters in 2004, required voters to present evidence of U.S. citizenship prior to voting. The state's law was reviewed by the United States Supreme Court the week of March 18, 2013. (Case name: Arizona vs. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Inc.)[4][5] On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot require proof of citizenship in cases of voter registration for federal elections unless the state receives federal or court approval to do so. The court ruled 7-2. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented. The current federal form asks if registering voters are citizens but does not require proof.[6][7]

Arkansas All voters are required to provide state or federal photo identification, such as a driver's license, U.S. passport, state or federal employee badge, military ID, college ID or concealed carry permit.

Note: On March 19, 2013 the Arkansas Senate sent a voter-ID bill (SB 2) to Gov. Mike Beebe for final approval. The Senate voted 22-12 in agreement with a House amendment to the measure. According to reports, the governor planned to wait for Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to respond to a lawmaker's question about the constitutionality of the bill. Prior to the Senate's vote the Senate Rules Committee issued a non-binding advisory opinion that the Senate had previously not properly passed the bill. The committee said that because SB 2 would alter the Arkansas Constitution it would require a 2/3 vote approval. The advisory opinion was rejected by the full Senate.[8] On March 25, 2013, Gov. Beebe rejected the bill, claiming it "unnecessarily restricts and impairs our citizens' right to vote." Beebe also noted that the implementation costs would rise to $300,000.[9] On March 27, 2013 the Arkansas Senate voted 21-12, along party lines, to override the governor's veto.[10] On April 1, 2013 the Arkansas House of Representatives voted 52-45 in agreement with the Arkansas Senate to override Gov. Beebe's veto.[11][12] The new law took effect January 1, 2014.[13] On April 16, 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of four plaintiffs who did not possess photo IDs, or elected not to show them, when they went to vote and were thus given a provisional ballot that was not counted. The lawsuit seeks to overturn the state's voter ID law on the grounds that it violates the Arkansas Constitution, which states that no law may be enacted that could impair or forfeit a citizen's right to vote.[14] On April 24, 2014, a Circuit Court in Pulaski County ruled that the Arkansas State Legislature had exceeded their authority in implementing the voter ID bill as it conflicted with the Arkansas Constitution.[15] The Arkansas Supreme Court, however, said the constitutionality of the law was not at question in the case, which left the voter ID law in place for the primary election on May 20, 2014. That decision is in the process of being appealed.[16]

California All voters are required to provide a driver's license number or state identification number. If voters do not have a driver's license or state ID, they may use the last four digits of their social security card. If they also do not have a social security card number, the state will assign a unique number which may be used for voting purposes. Link
Colorado All voters are required to provide identification. This includes photo and non-photo identification. Link
Connecticut First-time voters are required to present identification. Valid identification includes photo ID that features voter's name and address or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows voter's name and address. Link
Delaware Valid identification includes photo ID, utility bill, paycheck or any other government document featuring voter's name and address. Link
Florida At the polls, valid photo identification with a signature is required. If photo identification does not contain a signature, voters will be asked for additional identification that does include a signature. Link
Georgia Voters must present photo identification in order to vote. Valid photo ID includes a driver's license, state ID card, tribal ID card, United States passport, employee ID card, military ID card, or a Voter ID card issued by the voter's county registrar's office.[17] Link
Hawaii In order to vote, voters must present valid photo ID with a signature. Additionally, voters will be asked to sign a poll book to record that they voted at the polling place. Voter Registration Notice is NOT an acceptable form of identification. Link
Idaho In order to vote, voters must present valid photo identification. Valid photo ID includes: an Idaho driver's license or ID card, a U.S. passport or federal ID card, a tribal photo ID card and a student ID card, as long as the ID has a photo and is from an institution in Idaho. If a voter is unable to show an acceptable ID, the voter is given the option to sign a Personal Identification Affidavit. On the Affidavit, the voter swears to his/her identity under penalty of perjury. After signing the affidavit, the voter will be issued a regular ballot.[18] Link
Illinois Two forms of identification are needed, with at least one showing the voter's address. Valid identification includes photo and non-photo ID. Voters using Early Voting must provide a photo ID, such as an Illinois driver's license, state ID card or a U.S. passport.[19] Link
Indiana All voters are required to provide government-issued photo identification to vote. The name on the ID must conform to the voter registration record, which means the names must match to a reasonable extent. The ID must have an expiration date and either be current or have expired after the date of the last election and must have been issued by the state of Indiana or the U.S. government.[20] Link
Iowa Voters registering to vote on election day must show photo ID and proof of residence. All other voters may use photo or non-photo identification. Link
Kansas All voters are required to provide government issued photo identification to vote, such as a driver's license, state ID card, concealed carry handgun license, U.S. passport, government employee ID, U.S. Military ID, student ID from a Kansas college or university, government public assistance ID or Indian Tribe ID. When voting by mail, voters are required to have their signature verified and include a copy of a valid photo ID. When registering to vote, voters must prove U.S. citizenship.[21]

Note: The Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act (S.A.F.E.) was signed into law on April 18, 2011 by Gov. Sam Brownback. Since January 1, 2012, Kansas voters have been required to show photo ID when voting in person, and since January 1, 2013, persons registering to vote for the first time have been required to prove U.S. citizenship.[21] Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was sued over the new law by Arthur Spry and Charles Hamner, two elderly Kansas residents whose ballots were not counted in the November 2012 general election because they could not provide photo ID. The lawsuit states that neither had a driver's license or access to the birth records needed to secure a photo ID. The federal trial was set for May 11, 2015.[22] On April 23, 2014, the federal lawsuit was dismissed. Both Spry and Hamner asked to have it dismissed when it was set after the 2014 elections.[23] The SAFE Act is still under legal battle with the federal government over whether the federal voter registration form must be modified to incorporate Kansas's proof of citizenship.[24]

Kentucky Voters are required to produce identification before voting. Valid identification includes photo and non-photo identification. Election officers can also confirm the identity of a voter by personal acquaintance.[25] Link
Louisiana Voters must present one of the following: a driver's license, a Louisiana special ID, or other generally recognized picture ID that contains a voter's name and signature. If a photo ID is not presented, a utility bill, payroll check or other government document that includes a voter's name and address can be presented. However, such voters also have to sign an affidavit. Link
Maine Voters do not have to show ID to vote unless they are registering on election day. In that case, they must show ID and proof of residence. Link
Maryland In general, most voters meet the necessary HAVA requirements during registration. Identification at the polls is usually only requested for voters who do not have a driver's license, state ID card, or social security card and who submitted their voter registration applications by mail after January 1, 2006; and those voters who registered to vote by mail between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2005 and have not yet voted for the first time. Link
Massachusetts Voters must present valid identification which must include the voter's name and address. Link
Michigan Each voter must show a photo ID. A voter's photo ID does not need to have your address on it. Voters without photo ID may sign an affidavit attesting that they are not in possession of photo identification. Link
Minnesota Valid identification includes photo and non-photo identification. Link
Mississippi Government-issued photo identification is required. If a voter lacks photo ID, he or she may obtain one at no cost from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.[26]
Note: Mississippi's 2011 voter ID amendment required an implementing statute and faced USDOJ pre-clearance, before it could take effect. In October 2012, the justice department requested additional information about the law. Mississippi voters, therefore, did not have to show proof of identification to vote in the November 6, 2012 elections.[27] In late January 2013, proposed administration rules for the new voter photo identification rules were submitted to the USDOJ for approval. According to reports, the rules allow for voters who lack an acceptable photo ID to obtain a free voter photo ID card by presenting the same identification materials accepted when a person registers to vote.[28] Since Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was overturned by the United States Supreme Court on July 25, 2013, federal pre-approval is no longer required, allowing the 2011 voter ID amendment to go into effect.[29] Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the new photo ID requirements would not take effect until June 2014, as the state did not have time to issue every voter an ID by the November 2013 elections.[30] The new voter ID law was used for the first time for the June 3, 2014 primary.[31]
Missouri Pursuant to Section 115.427, RSMO Supp. 2006, before receiving a ballot, voters are required to establish their identity and eligibility to vote. Valid forms of ID include: federal or state issued IDs, a copy of a current utility bill or bank statement, or a driver's license or state identification card issued by another state. If a voter does not possess valid identification, they may still cast a ballot if two supervising election judges (one from each major political party) verify that they know the voter. (Missouri Secretary of State: Voter ID requirements) Link
Montana Voters are required to present identification prior to receiving a ballot. Valid identification includes photo and non-photo ID, including: a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, voter confirmation notice, government check or other government document that shows the voter's name and current address. Link
Nebraska Only first-time voters who registered by mail and did not provide identification at that time must show identification in order to vote.[32] Link
Nevada Voters must sign their name in the election board register at the polling place. The signature is compared with the signature on the voter's original application to vote or another form of identification, such as: a driver's license, a state identification card, military identification or another government-issued ID. Link
New Hampshire Note: On June 27, 2012 the New Hampshire State Senate and House of Representatives voted to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 289. The Senate voted 18-5, while the House voted 231-112. The two-thirds requirement to override the governor's veto was met. Both re-introduced and approved an amended version of House Bill 1354. The governor has five days from June 27 to sign, veto or let HB 1354 become law without his signature. The bill would require people to present photo identification when voting. Those who do not have a photo ID can vote a valid ballot after executing an affidavit right there at the polls.[33] Before implementation, the new law requires DOJ clearance.[34] New Hampshire debuted the new voter identification law in the September 2012 primaries. However, voters could still cast a ballot without an ID. For the November 2012 elections, voters could cast ballots without ID but they had to sign an affidavit. After the election, the attorney general's office planned to contact each person who signed an affidavit to verify the identity of the voter.[35] Link
New Jersey If identification was not provided at the time of registering to vote or if the identification information could not be verified, a voter must show identification at the polling place. Identification includes: any current and valid photo ID or bank statement, car registration, government check or document, etc. Link
New Mexico Voters must show identification only if they mailed in their registration application and did not provide verification of their identification at that time. Valid identification includes photo and non-photo ID. Link
New York Valid identification includes photo and non-photo identification. Link
North Carolina Voters are asked for their ID if they are first time voters who mailed in their registration application and did not provide verification of their identification.
Note: On July 25, 2013 the North Carolina legislature passed a new voter ID law. The law "limits the kind of identification that voters can use at the polls to a North Carolina driver’s license, a state-issued ID card, a military ID, or a U.S. passport." According to the law, out of state licenses will only work for voters who have moved into the state within 60 days of the election. College IDs are not valid forms of identification. The approved bill also cut early voting.[36][37][38] Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed the bill into law on August 12, 2013.[39] Parts of the law take effect in 2014, although primary photo ID requirements will not take effect until the 2016 elections.[39][40] Two lawsuits were filed after the governor signed the bill, alleging that it discriminated against minority groups.[41] On September 30, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice also sued the state over the new photo ID law, charging that the law's new limits on voting discriminated against minorities and thus violated the Voting Rights Act.[42] As of January 2, 2014, North Carolina residents who do not have valid forms of photo identification may apply for a free ID card at any North Carolina DMV.[43]
North Carolina was the first state to approve a voter ID law since the Supreme Court June 2013 ruling, where the high court struck down portions of the federal Voting Rights Act.[36]
North Dakota Voters must present identification before voting. Identification must include the voter's name, residential address and date of birth. More than one form of identification may be used if necessary. Valid forms of identification when voting at a polling place include a driver's license, state ID card, tribal ID card, student ID card from a North Dakota college or university or a long term care facility ID card from a North Dakota care facility. If voting absentee or by mail, a U.S. passport, military ID or attester may also be used. If using an attester, the attester must provide one of the valid forms of identification already listed and sign the absentee or mail-in ballot to attest to the voter's North Dakota residency and eligibility to vote.[44]
Note: On April 6, 2013 the North Dakota State Senate approved a voter identification bill that eliminated the voter affidavit process and required identification from voters. House Bill 1332 passed by a 30-16 vote.[45][46] On April 12, 2013 the House voted 68-24 to pass the bill, and on April 19, 2013 it was signed into law.[47][48]
Ohio On election day at the polling place, Ohio law requires that every voter announce his or her full name and current address. Additionally, voters must provide proof of their identity. A photo ID is not required. Link
Oklahoma Oklahoma State Question 746, approved in 2010, requires every voter to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot. Valid forms of identification are required to contain the name of the voter, a photograph and an expiration date that is after the date of the election. Link
Oregon Voting is done by mail in Oregon. When registering to vote, voters must provide their driver's license or state ID card.[49] Link
Pennsylvania First-time voters must show proof of identification. Valid identification includes photo and non-photo identification.[50]
Note: A law requiring all Pennsylvania voters to show photo ID in order to vote was signed by Governor Tom Corbett in March 2012.[51] On July 25, 2012 the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court heard a challenge of the law from the ACLU and other voting rights groups.[52] On August 16, 2012 Judge Robert Simpson threw out the ACLU challenge.[53] Supporters and opponents next argued the validity of the voter ID law before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on September 13, 2012.[54] On September 18, 2012 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a 4-2 per curiam (unsigned) decision that sent the case back to the trial court for more fact finding.[55][56] The state's high court asked the trial court "to ensure there is 'liberal access' to new voting-only IDs and there will be 'no disenfranchisement' of voters on Nov. 6."[57] In response to the fact finding mission, a judge ruled that for the most part the Pennsylvania voter ID law could remain intact for the November 6, 2012 elections.[58] However, a narrow injunction allowed those without IDs to cast a ballot.[59] The state's voter ID rule was also not enforced for the May 2013 primary.[60] On January 17, 2014, Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court struck down the requirement that all voters must show photo ID to vote, claiming that part of the law was unconstitutional because it lacked a way to give voters liberal access to voter photo IDs. These photo IDs had to be obtained through Department of Transportation licensing centers, of which there are only 71 across the state, many with limited hours. Judge McGinley wrote this was an inconvenience to voters and could easily disenfranchise them. The ruling did not strike down the entire law, but it did prohibit the state from enforcing the photo ID requirement.[61] On January 27, 2014 lawyers on behalf of Gov. Tom Corbett filed a request that Judge Bernard McGinley reconsider his ruling to strike down the voter ID requirement.[62] McGinley denied the motion to reconsider overturning his ruling.[63] On May 8, 2014, Gov. Corbett announced that he would not be appealing the court ruling and would instead work with the Pennsylvania State Legislature to work on changes to the original law.[64]
Rhode Island Identification is required at the polls. If a voter is unable to present photo ID they can use certain non-photo IDs. The ID must include your name and address. Additionally, the identification must be dated since November 2, 2010, unless the document is of permanent nature (such as a birth certificate or social security card). In such cases, only a name is required to appear on the identification. Link
South Carolina All voters are required to show photo identification at the polls. This includes a state driver's license, identification card, voter registration card that contains a photo, federal military ID or a U.S. passport. Voters can get a free photo ID from their county voter registration office by providing their name, date of birth and the last four digits of their social security number.[65]
Note: South Carolina’s current photo ID law was first sent for pre-clearance to the U.S. Department of Justice in 2011 and was denied. Though the state applied for reconsideration, it was again denied pre-clearance on June 29, 2012.[66][67] South Carolina then took the law to court, and in October 2012, a panel of federal judges blocked the law for the November 6, 2012 election, saying that given the short time left before the election, the law put a burden on minority voters that violated the Voting Rights Act. However, the judges also said there was nothing inherently discriminatory about the law and that it could be utilized in elections after 2012.[68] Thus, South Carolina’s photo ID law took effect January 1, 2013.[69]
South Dakota All first time voters must show proof of identification. Approved forms of photo identification include: South Dakota driver’s license or nondriver ID card, U.S. government photo ID, U.S. Armed Forces ID, student photo ID from a South Dakota high school or accredited institution of higher education or Tribal photo ID. If voters do not have a photo ID, they can sign a personal identification affidavit. Link
Tennessee At polling places, voters must show government-issued photo identification. Valid forms of ID do not include student ID cards from state universities.
Note: Tennessee's voter ID law has been scrutinized by several courts. On September 26, 2012 a judge ruled that Tennessee's voter ID law did not violate the state constitution.[70][71] On October 25, 2012, the Court of Appeals upheld Tennessee's voter ID law as well, though the court did issue an order requiring state officials to accept Memphis library cards as government-issued photo identification. State officials announced plans to appeal the ruling over the library card, arguing that library IDs were not valid because they were not issued by the state government.[72] On February 6, 2013 the Tennessee Supreme Court was asked to decide whether the state’s voter ID law deprived people of the right to vote, if safeguards should be implemented to prevent election fraud and if a city-issued photo library card could be used as identification to vote.[73] On April 24, 2013 Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law a bill that required photo identification issued by the state of Tennessee or United States to vote, which made library cards and photo IDs issued by other states invalid. However, the Tennessee Supreme Court ordered that Memphis Public Library photo IDs be accepted until the court's final ruling.[74][75] In August of 2013, before the Tennessee Supreme Court issued their final ruling, the Tennessee Green Party filed a federal lawsuit attempting to get rid of Tennessee's voter ID law, claiming it was unconstitutional and unfair to minority voters.[76] The Tennessee Supreme Court issued their final ruling on the voter ID law on October 17, 2013, upholding the law and allowing the legislature to block the use of library cards as valid photo IDs.[77]
Texas At polling places, voters must show government-issued photo identification as well as a voter registration certificate, which is obtained after registering to vote. Additionally, all voters who registered to vote in Texas must provide a Texas driver's license number, personal identification number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety or the last four digits of their social security number.

Note: Before Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act was overturned on June 25, 2013, Texas's photo ID law, SB14, required pre-clearance by the U.S. Department of Justice before going into effect. Pre-clearance was denied on March 13, 2012, and a lawsuit was subsequently filed by the state.[78][79] On August 30, 2012, a three-judge panel in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia unanimously struck down the SB14 voter ID law. The court ruled that the law would hurt minority voter turnout and impose strict burdens on the poor.[80] The state filed a lawsuit against the ruling, and on December 17, 2012 a federal court deferred those proceedings until the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on whether part of the Voting Rights Act was constitutional.[81] The Supreme Court overturned the Voting Rights Act in June 2013, allowing Texas's SB14 voter ID law to immediately take effect, as the state was no longer required to get pre-clearance for changes to election laws.[82] On August 22, 2013 the U.S. Department of Justice sued Texas over the SB14 voter ID law, using a different section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act to claim that the law would result in "denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.”[83] The opening arguments for the case will begin in September of 2014.[84]

Utah At the polling place, voters can either present a form of identification that bears the name and photograph of the voter or two forms of identification that bear the name of the voter and provide evidence of the voter’s residence. Link
Vermont Only first time voters who registered by mail are required to show identification in order to vote. Link
Virginia All voters must show identification at the polls or else cast a provisional ballot. Valid identification includes: Virginia voter registration card, Virginia driver's license, military ID, any federal, state or local government-issued ID, employer-issued photo ID card, concealed handgun permit, student ID from any higher education institution in Virginia or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check indicating the name and address of the voter.
Note: On May 20, 2012, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed legislation to require a voter without identification to vote provisionally. This eliminated the Affirmation of Identity that had been used previously. Before it could be implemented the new legislation had to be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. On August 20, 2012, the voter ID changes were approved.[85] On February 20, 2013, the Virginia House of Representatives approved a strict photo identification bill with a vote of 65-30. The bill required all voters to present photo identification to cast a ballot. Voters without photo identification would be required to cast a provisional ballot that would only be counted if proper identification was displayed by noon on the Friday following the election.[86] On March 26, 2013 Gov. McDonnell signed the bill into law. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2014.[87][88]
Washington Valid identification includes photo and non-photo identification. Link
West Virginia First-time voters who registered by mail must provide identification to vote. Valid identification includes photo and non-photo identification. Link
Wisconsin Photo ID is not currently required in Wisconsin.
Note: On March 6 and March 12, 2012, two separate judges issued injunctions preventing the Government Accountability Board from enforcing photo ID requirements in 2011 Act 23. The Wisconsin Department of Justice appealed those injunctions and the appeals were certified to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which on April 16 sent them back to the respective Courts of Appeals. In mid-July 2012, Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan ruled that "the state's requirement that all voters show photo ID at the polls creates a 'substantial impairment of the right to vote' guaranteed by the state constitution." An appeal was filed, although the court was not expected to rule until after November 2012. This means that photo IDs will not be required at the polls in the 2014 primary or general election.[89] On September 27, 2012, the Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to take the case, saying that if it were to review the law, it would hear arguments from both cases at the same time. Following the court's decision, an initial appeal brief was filed in one of the cases.[90] On January 14, 2013, the Wisconsin Supreme Court again refused to take the case.[91] On May 30, 2013 a state appeals court overturned Dane County Circuit Court Judge Flanagan's ruling. However, the voter ID requirement remained blocked because it was still pending in another case.[92] In November 2013, a federal judge reviewed the case.[93] U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman found that the law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act as well as the First and Fourteenth Amendments.[94] Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen appealed Judge Adelman's ruling on May 12, 2014, which moved the case to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.[95]
Wyoming Photo and non-photo identification is acceptable in Wyoming. Identification should include the voter's name and address. Valid ID includes: photo IDs, United States passport, identification card from a state university, social security card, current utility bill, current bank statement, etc. Link

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