All Virginia voters must show a photo ID when they go to the polls or apply for an absentee ballot in person.
Acceptable photo IDs include:
- A Virginia driver’s license or DMV ID card
- Any ID issued by the U.S. Government, Virginia Government or any Virginia local government, provided it contains a photograph. Examples include:
- Military ID
- Naturalization certificate
- Arlington Senior ID issued by the Sheriff’s Office (see below)
- An employer photo ID with photograph
- A student ID card, with photograph, from any Virginia college, university, or private school
For IDs with expiration dates, an expired ID is acceptable as long as the expiration date is within 12 months of the election date.
If you do not have any of the above forms of ID, you can obtain a FREE photo ID for voting purposes only at the Office of Elections (see address and contact information at bottom of page).
Also, the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office provides free photo IDs to Arlington residents age 62 and older, by appointment only. Please call 703-228-7063 for additional information. These IDs are government-issued and acceptable for voting purposes.
If you forget to bring ID to the polls and you are otherwise qualified to vote, you can vote a provisional ballot, but that ballot will not be counted unless you provide the Electoral Board a copy of your valid ID by no later than noon on the Friday after the election.
See our Virginia Photo ID Q&A for more information.