Voter ID
in West Virginia

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 West Virginia

Voters in West Virginia must show ID to cast their vote at the polls.  ID must be valid and unexpired. Valid forms of identification include;

Non-Photo ID:

  • Voter registration card
  • Medicare card
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Bank or debit card
  • Utility bill/bank statement within 6 months of the election
  • Health Insurance card issued to voter
  • Any document issued by the West Virginia or U.S. government that displays the voter's name

Photo ID:

  • West Virginia driver's license or other DMV issued West Virginia ID
  • Driver's License issued by another state
  • US passport
  • US Military card
  • US or West Virginia government employee ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Concealed carry permit

A full list of acceptable forms of ID, and more information about voting with an ID in West Virginia can be found here.

What happens when you go to vote without an ID

You can vote using a provisional ballot. For your ballot to count, the signature on your provisional ballot envelope must match the signature in your voter registration record. To ensure your ballot is counted, you may also bring an acceptable ID to the polling place before it closes on Election Day OR bring an acceptable ID to the municipal clerk by 4:00 pm on the Friday following the election.

Trans and Non-Binary Voters

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

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