Voter Photo ID Requirements in Virginia

Attention Voters: Important Voter ID Changes effective July 1, 2014.  All Virginia Voters will be required to show a Photo I.D. before casting a ballot on election day or an in-person absentee ballot effective July 1, 2014.  However, if you do not have an acceptable form of identification and no means of obtaining one then one will be provided to you free of charge, for voting purposes only, at your local registrar's office.  I​nformation on additional outreach efforts will be posted on our department Facebook page, this website, distributed by our office and/or through the Department of Elections. 
Virginia voters are reminded that State Law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification (ID) at the polls. Voters arriving to the polls without photo identification will be required to vote a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of their photo identification to their locality's Electoral Board or come to our office to have a photo taken in order for their provisional ballot to be counted. Please see below in "Provisional Ballot Process for Voters Who Arrive Without Photo Identification" for more information on how the provisional ballot process will work for those arriving to the polls without photo ID.
Virginia's Photo ID requirements also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person.
Acceptable photo ID include the following:
  • Virginia Driver's License (that is expired for less than 12 months)
  • Military ID
  • Any Federal, Virginia State or Local Government-issued photo identification (including the Voter Photo ID)
  • Employer issued photo identification card issued on the ordinary course of business
  • United States Passport or Passport Card
  • Valid student photo ID issued by any institution of higher education (public or private) located in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Student ID issued by a public or private school in VA displaying a photo
  • DMV-issued photo ID
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID (if issued by one of the 11 tribes recognized by VA)
Don't have one of these forms of ID? If you do not have one of the acceptable forms of identification and no way of obtaining one then a photo ID will be provided to you free of charge for voting purposes only. You will need to visit our office or any Voter Registrar's Office within the Commonwealth of Virginia to initiate the process.
If you need assistance, please contact our office at 757-385-8683 or the Department of Elections at 804-864-8901, toll free at 800-552-9745, TTY toll free: 800-260-3466. You can also visit the Department of Elections website at for additional details and information on deadlines.
Provisional Ballot Process for Voters Who Arrive Without Photo Identification
A voter who arrives at the polling place without an acceptable form of photo identification will be given the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot. After completing the provisional ballot, the individual voting will be given written instructions from the election officials on how to submit a copy of his/her photo identification so that his/her vote can be counted.
A voter will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of an acceptable photo identification to the local Electoral Board. Voters may submit a copy of their photo ID via fax, email, in-person submission, or through USPS or a commercial postage service. Please note that the copy of the photo ID must be delivered to the Electoral Board by noon on Friday or the provisional ballot cannot be counted. A Friday postmark will not be sufficient if the copy of the photo ID is not delivered to the Electoral Board by noon Friday. Voters in need of the free photo ID also have until noon Friday to come into thei​r local registrar's office to have their picture taken and then present that photo ID to the Electoral Board.
The written notice given to the voter will provide the necessary information, including email, fax, and address of where the photo ID should be delivered.