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.
Approved forms of photo identification include:
- 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
Approved forms of non-photo identification
- 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
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.
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.