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Information on Virginia's Voter ID Law

Effective July 1st, 2014, Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification (photo ID) at the polls. Acceptable forms of photo ID are listed below.

  • 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,
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia),
  • 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,
  • or a Virginia Voter Photo ID Card obtained through any local general registrar’s office.

Please note: Voters arriving to the polls without photo ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality’s electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted. Please see below in “Provisional Ballot Process for Voters Who Arrive Without Identification” for more information on how the provisional ballot process will work for those arriving to the polls without ID.

Click here for Arlington County's Frequently Asked Questions memo on the new Voter ID law.

Click here for Fairfax County's Frequently Asked Questions memo on the new Voter ID law.