Acceptable ID Types for Tennessee
Tennessee voters are required to show a valid ID at the polls to vote. It must be a photo ID that displays the voters name, and can be expired or not expired. Valid forms of identification include;
- Tennessee driver’s license or state ID
- U.S. Passport
- ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
- ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
- U.S. Military photo ID
- Tennessee issued handgun carry permit
It is important to note that any form of student ID is NOT accepted as a valid form of ID when voting.
For first time voters who registered to vote online must bring one of the following when they vote only if their photo ID is expired;
- Current utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Other government document that shows the voter's name and address
Voter ID & Voting By Mail
All voters are required to provide ID when voting by mail.
ID is required with application to vote by mail.
If voting by-mail, you must provide your full social security number as your identification with your ballot application. No ID information is required when sending in your ballot, signature matching will be used to process the ballot.
What happens when you go to vote without an ID
If you don't bring a photo ID, you will vote a provisional ballot. You will then have two (2) business days after Election Day to return to the election commission office to show a valid photo ID. Upon returning to the election commission office, the voter will sign an affidavit and a copy of the voter photo ID will be made to be reviewed by the counting board.
Trans and Non-Binary Voters
Click here for state specific information for updating your ID and voter registration.