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 at a polling place for the first time must show photo ID or a non-photo identification that includes name and current address. Voters who do not have an acceptable form of voter ID may cast a provisional ballot and sign an affidavit for the ballot to be counted. If applying to vote absentee or by mail voters must submit a PA driver's license number or PENN DOT ID number, or the last four of social security number.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 Details

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 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 PA driver's license number or PENN DOT ID number, or last four of social security number. No ID needs to be submitted with the absentee ballot, but the signature must match the signature on the voter registration form.

What happens when you go to vote without an ID

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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