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Virginia ID Needed for Voting

Voters must show one of the following forms of photo ID at the polls:

  • Virginia Driver's License or other photo ID issued by Virginia
  • US Passport
  • Any government-issued photo ID card (issued by the US Government, Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth)
  • Student ID that has a photograph and that was issued by any institution of higher learning in Virginia
  • Student ID issued by a public or private school in VA displaying a photo
  • Employee ID card that has a photograph and that was issued by the employer in the ordinary course of business
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran's ID card
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID issued by one of the 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia

For a more detailed list of acceptable IDs, click here.

If you do not have a photo ID you can get a free voter identification card from any county registrar, whichever is most convenient for you. You will need to fill out the Voter Photo Identification Application, get your photo taken and give the registrar your electronic signature. Your photo ID card will be mailed within 7-10 days.

If you apply for a photo ID card less than 21 days before the next election, you will receive a temporary ID in the registrar's office that is valid for 30 days. You will still receive your permanent ID through the mail. 

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