ID Requirements

All Virginia voters must show an ID when they go to the polls or apply for an absentee ballot in person. Acceptable forms of ID currently include a valid Virginia driver’s license or a Virginia voter information card, although other forms of ID can also be used.

When you vote for the first time in a federal election (U.S. President, U.S. Vice President, U.S. Senate or Congress) and you registered to vote by mail, you must follow federal ID requirements and present a current:

  • Valid photo ID (includes a Virginia driver’s license)
  • Utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck
  • Government-issued document that shows the voter’s name and address (includes a Virginia voter information card)

Once you’ve voted in a federal election, the above federal ID requirements no longer apply, and you can present one of the following acceptable forms of ID. This also applies when voting in any nonfederal  election, such as on the state or local level.

  • A valid Virginia driver’s license or DMV ID card
  • A Virginia voter information card
  • A Social Security card
  • Any ID issued by the U.S. Government, Virginia Government, or any Virginia local government
  • An employer ID with photograph
  • A valid student ID card from any Virginia college or university
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck showing the voter’s name and address

If you forget to bring ID to the polls, 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.

Effective July 1, 2014, all Virginia voters will be required to show a photo ID and some of the forms of ID noted above will no longer be accepted. After July 1, 2014, you’ll be able to obtain a free photo ID for voting purposes at our office if you do not already have one of the forms of ID listed below:

  • A valid 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
  • An employer photo ID with photograph
  • A valid student ID card, with photograph, from any Virginia college or university