Voter ID
in Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania

Voters who are voting in their election district for the first time must show photo ID or a non-photo identification that includes name and current address. Voters who are asked to provide ID but do not have an acceptable form may cast a provisional ballot. Valid forms of identification include;

Photo ID

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
  • ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • US passport
  • US Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

Non-photo ID

  • Voter registration card
  • US Government issued ID
  • PA Commonwealth issued ID
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document/check that displays voter's name and address

Voter ID & Voting By Mail

First time voters must submit ID when voting by mail.

ID is required with application to vote by mail.

First time voters that vote in person must present a valid ID. Info here on what qualifies. When you apply for a ballot by mail, you must include your in-state ID number or a photocopy of a valid ID with your application.

If applying to vote absentee or by-mail voter must submit a valid ID with their application. Valid forms of ID include;

  • PA driver's license number
  • PENN DOT ID number
  • Last four digits of social security number
  • A copy of an ID that shows a name, photo and a current expiration date (this can only occur if a voter does not have any of the other identification numbers listed above)

No ID needs to be submitted with the absentee ballot, but the signature on the ballot must match the signature on the voter registration form.

What happens when you go to vote without an ID

If you are voting and are asked to provide a voter ID but do not have one, you can vote using a provisional ballot.

Trans and Non-Binary Voters

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

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