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ID Needed for Voter Registration


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?


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. 

Provisional Voting


Provisional ballots are counted 7 calendar days after the election.

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

  • If your name is not on the poll book 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 poll book 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.

If you do not have any forms of photo ID, you may appear in-person in the office of the general registrar, in the area in which the provisional ballot was cast, and apply for a Virginia Voter Photo ID Card. After filling out the application, you may request the Temporary Identification Document, which you may then provide to the electoral board to suffice the ID requirement to. You must complete this process before noon on the Friday following the election


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