League of Women Voters

Iowa ID Needed for Voting

You may need to show identification at the poll if:

  • You registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2003 and you have never voted in a primary or general election in your county of residence
  • Your registration is inactive
  • You have moved from the address where you are registered to vote
  • Your right to vote is challenged
  • The precinct election officials do not know you

If you are asked to show ID, you can use a current and valid photo ID or any of the following documents if they show your name and current address:

  • Driver's license or non-operator ID from Iowa or another state
  • US passport
  • US Military ID card
  • Employer-issued ID card
  • Student ID from an Iowa high school, college or university
  • Current utility bill (including cell phone bill),
  • Current bank statement,
  • Current paycheck or government check, or
  • Other current government document.
  • Residential lease
  • Property tax statement

If you are asked for ID and don't have any of the documents listed above, you may have another voter who is registered in your precinct who knows you vouch for your identity and residence.

If you don't have the needed ID and don't have another voter to vouch for you, you may cast a provisional ballot.


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