Virginia voters must have photo ID on Tuesday

Posted at 11:18 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 11:18:04-05

All voters are required to provide an acceptable form of photo ID when voting at their polling place, according to Virginia law.

The polling places allow many different types of photo ID, including:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth)
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID issued by one of 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
  • Valid student ID issued by a public school or private school in Virginia displaying a photo
  • Employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business

Don’t worry if your ID is expired–you can go to the nearest Voter Registration Office and apply for a free Virginia Voter ID Card. Once you’ve completed the Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card Application, a Virginia Election Official will take your picture and take your signature on a digital signature pad. Your voter ID will be printed and mailed to your address on file in the Voter Registration System.

In special circumstances, an election official can print a temporary ID that you can use while waiting for your Virginia Voter Photo ID Card to arrive in the mail, which takes around two to four weeks. You can use the temporary ID to cast a regular ballot on Election Day or when voting in-person absentee before the election.

For more information on acceptable IDs, how to obtain a Virginia Voter Photo ID Card, or any other questions, contact or visit your nearest Virginia Voter Registration Office (Click Here for a complete list) or contact the Virginia Department of Elections at (800) 552-9745 or email