Voter ID
in New York

Many states now require Voter ID at the polls in order to vote. Find out your state's ID requirements so you know what to bring with you to cast your ballot.

Do all voters need ID?
Yes

ID required for first time voters?
No

ID required when voting absentee?
No

Acceptable ID Types for New York

Voters in New York do not need to present ID to vote, except for some first time voters who did not include required voter ID information such as last four of their social security number or state ID/driver's license number on their voter registration. If a voter did not submit this ID info with their voter registration, they will need to submit ID if voting by mail or at the polls.

  • Current photo ID or
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document/check with voter name and address
  • Student photo ID

Voter ID Details

If this is your first time voting and you registered to vote by mail, you will need to provide identification. We recommend a photo ID with your current address, or an official piece of mail with your current address.

What happens when you go to vote without an ID

If you have not provided ID by Election Day, you are still allowed to vote by affidavit ballot, but not using the poll site scanner.

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