Do I have to show identification at the polls?

 Yes, all Virginia voters are required to show some form of photo identification when voting in-person. Following are examples of accepted photo ID. Please note that an out-of-state driver’s license is not an acceptable form of photo ID for voting in Virginia.

  • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles issued Driver’s License or Identification
  • Photo ID issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Photo ID card issued by a local Virginia Government
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Photo ID issued by the United States Government
  • Student photo ID from a Virginia college, university, public or private high school
  • Free Virginia voter photo ID (visit any registrar office in Virginia to obtain)

If you forget to bring your photo identification to the polls, don’t worry, you’ll still be permitted to vote! You can vote an ID-Provisional Ballot. If you bring one of the accepted forms of identification to the Registrar’s office by noon on the Friday after the election, your vote will count provided you are properly registered. 

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1. When do elections take place?
2. When are the polls open?
3. Do I have to show identification at the polls?
4. What do I do if I've moved or changed my name since I last voted?
5. When both parties are holding primaries, why do I have to state a party preference to vote?
6. Where do I file a suggestion or complaint about voting in Charlottesville?
7. I have questions about the voting system used in Charlottesville. Where do I go?
8. I committed a felony many years ago. Can I vote?
9. I’m not 18 yet but want to work at the polls on Election Day. How can I do this?
10. Where can I find registration and voting information for college students?
11. How do I register to vote in Virginia?
12. What is my residence?
13. How do I vote?
14. How does voter registration impact other areas?