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ID Needed for Voter Registration

Virginia

When submitting your voter registration by mail for the first time, you must provide your Social Security number on the application and a copy of one of the following with your application:

  • A valid photo identification
  • A copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address
  • another government document that shows your name and address (for example a voter card)

Note: If no ID is sent, you must produce ID the first time you vote and it must be in person (not a mailed-in absentee ballot). Click here to download your state's registration form

ID Needed for Voting?

Virginia

All voters are required to show ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Virginia voter registration card
  • Valid Virginia driver's license
  • Military ID
  • Any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID
  • Employer issued photo ID card
  • Concealed handgun permit
  • Valid student ID issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter
  • Social Security card (does not satisfy special federal ID requirements - more information below)

All Virginia active registered voters will be mailed a new Virginia voter registration card before the election. Be sure to register today and a voter registration card will be mailed to you after your application has been processed.

Voters without acceptable ID will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot. After completing the provisional ballot, the voter will be given written instructions on how to submit a copy of their ID so that their vote can be counted. A voter will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the ID to the local electoral board. Voters may submit their copy of ID by fax, email, in-person or through USPS or commercial delivery service. If the copy of ID is not delivered by noon on the Friday after the election the provisional ballot will not be counted.

Special Federal ID Requirements for Certain First Time Voters:

If you registered to vote in Virginia by mail, you must show ID when voting (in-person or absentee) for the first time in a federal election if you did not send a copy of one of these IDs with your voter registration applications. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • A current and valid photo ID (like a driver's license)
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address
  • Another government document that shows name and address (like a voter card)

A social Security card does NOT count as acceptable ID

If the voter does not present one of these forms of ID at the polls they will be offered a provisional ballot that includes a voter information statement. The provisional ballot will only count if the voter later provides the required ID. If the voter returns an absentee ballot by mail without a copy of one of these forms of ID, the absentee ballot with be treated as a provisional ballot and counted only if the voter provides a copy of the ID to the electoral board by the deadline.

Provisional Voting

Virginia

There are several reason a voter may vote a provisional ballot:

  • If your name is not on the pollbook and you believe you are registered in that precinct and the registrar's office cannot be reached to verify your registration status
  • If you do not show one of the acceptable forms of ID
  • If you registered by mail on or after January 1, 2003 and did not mail a copy of your ID at that time, fails to show one of the federally required forms of ID when voting for the first time in a federal election
  • If you were sent an absentee ballot but did not receive or lost the ballot or had returned the ballot and also appears at the regular polling place on Election Day
  • If the normal voting hours are extended by court order
  • If the pollbook shows that you have already cast a ballot in the current election

If you are asked to vote a provisional ballot your ballot will be sealed in a green envelope. You must provide all information requested on both sides of the envelope and sign the Statement of Voter. The election official will tell you when and where the Electoral Board will meet and will give you a phone number to call and find out the states of your provisional ballot.

Your provisional ballot will not be counted on Election Day. Your local Electoral Board will meet the day after the election to begin its determination of provisional votes. The votes of qualified voters will then be counted and included in the results for your area.

You are allowed to be present when the Election Board meets to determine if your vote was valid.

Voters who do not bring a form of ID to the polls will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot. Once you complete the provisional ballot, you will be given written instructions from the election official on how to submit a copy of your ID so that your vote can be counted. All information on how to submit the proper ID will be given at this time.

You will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the ID to the local election board in order for the provisional ballot to be counted. You can submit your ID through fax, email, in person or through the USPS or a commercial delivery service. The copy of ID must be delivered by noon on Friday, a Friday postmark does not count.


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