Voter ID
in Ohio

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 Ohio

Ohio voters must show ID at the polls to vote. Acceptable IDs include:

  • Unexpired driver's license or state ID card
  • Military ID card
  • Unexpired photo ID issued by the federal government, or state of Ohio with voter's name and current address
  • Unexpired U.S. passport or passport card
A voter may cast a provisional ballot if they lack the necessary ID.

Voter ID & Voting By Mail

First time voters must submit ID when voting by mail.

ID is required with completed mail-in ballot.

If you vote in person you must present a valid photo ID. If you vote by mail, you must provide your in-state ID number or proof of residence with the application. Then, when you submit your ballot you must write your ID number and social security number on the return envelope. When returning the ballot, you do not need to provide ID again, but the signature on the ballot must match the signature on the voter registration form. Click here for on qualifying photo ID.

What happens when you go to vote without an ID

Voters who do not bring ID to the polls, may cast a provisional ballot, for the ballot to be counted the voter must provide a driver's license number, state ID number, or last four of their social security number. If the voter is unable to produce any of these, they must produce any required ID or documentation to the board of elections office no later than seven days after the election.

Trans and Non-Binary Voters

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

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