Voter ID
in California

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?

ID required for first time voters?

ID required when voting absentee?

Acceptable ID Types for California

California voters are not required to show ID at the polls or by-mail, except for some first time voters who did not include required ID info on their voter registration form.A current driver's license number or last four of social security number should have been provided on the original voter registration form. If this information was not provided, a first time voter will have to show ID at the polls. Valid forms of identification include; Photo IDs that have photograph and name:

  • Driver's license or state issued ID card
  • Passport
  • Employee ID card
  • Credit or Debit card
  • Military ID
  • Student ID
  • Health Club ID
  • Insurance Plan ID card
  • Public Housing ID Card
“Non-photo” IDs that have name and address:
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Government check
  • Government Paycheck
  • Document Issued by a governmental agency

What happens when you go to vote without an ID

If you did not provide identification with your registration and did not bring identification with you to vote, you will have to return with a proper ID for your vote to count.

Trans and Non-Binary Voters

Click here for state specific information for updating your ID and voter registration.

More Questions? Get Chat Help

Visit our friends at VoteRiders for detailed state specific information. (Note: this link will take you to the VoteRiders chatbot on Facebook Messenger.)