Photo ID Required for Voting, updated January 1, 2016
Virginia voters are reminded that state law (effective July 1, 2014) requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification (ID) at the polls. Voters arriving to the polls without an acceptable form of photo ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of an acceptable photo ID to their locality's electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted. Please see the "Provisional Ballot Process" below.
Virginia's Photo ID requirements also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person.
Acceptable Forms of Photo Identification
- Valid Virginia Driver's License.
- DMV-issued photo identification card.
- Valid United States Passport.
- Valid Employee photo identification card.
- Other government-issued photo identification card.
- Valid college or university student photo identification card (issuer must be an institution of higher education located in Virginia).
- Valid Student Photo Identification Card issued by a public or private school located in Virginia.
No Acceptable Photo ID
Registered Voters may come to the Voter Registrar's Office and be processed to receive a free photo ID if they do not possess any of the acceptable forms of photo ID listed above. If you are not registered but are eligible for registration, please register today. After your Voter Registration application has been processed and if you do not possess any of the acceptable forms of photo ID, a free photo ID can be created and mailed to you.
A voter who does not bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls will be offered a provisional ballot. A voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of physical disability or an inability to read or write, if he so requests, may also be assisted in completing this ballot.
A voter who arrives to the correct polling place without an acceptable form of photo identification will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot. After completing the provisional ballot, the individual voting will be given written instructions from the election officials on how to submit a copy of his/her acceptable photo identification so that his/her vote can be counted. The written notice given to the voter will provide the necessary information, including email, fax, and address of where the copy of an acceptable photo ID should be delivered.
A voter will have until 12 noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of the acceptable photo identification to the local electoral board. Voters may submit a copy of their acceptable photo ID via fax, email, in-person submission, or through USPS or commercial postage service. Please note that the copy of the acceptable photo ID must be delivered to the electoral board by 12 noon on Friday or the provisional ballot cannot be counted. A Friday postmark will not be sufficient if the copy of the acceptable photo ID is not delivered to the electoral board by 12 noon Friday.