Voter ID
in Illinois

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 Illinois

  • Current and valid photo ID
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other federal, State, or local government document showing your name and address.
  • Student ID with a photo

Voter ID Details

Voters in IL do not need to show ID, with the exception of first time voters who did not complete their voter registration form by including their ID number or last four of their social security number. If this is your first time voting and you registered to vote by mail, you will need to provide identification. We recommend a photo ID with your current address, or an official piece of mail with your current address.

Voter ID & Voting By Mail

First time voters must submit ID when voting by mail.

ID is required with completed mail-in ballot.

If voting-by-mail, ID is still not required but signature must match the signature on the voter registration form.

What happens when you go to vote without an ID

You may vote using a provisional ballot.

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.)