How to Apply for an Election ID Card

Updated February 21, 2017

The guidelines for applying for an election ID card vary from state to state but are required to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act. Under the act, all states must require identification from first-time voters if the voter didn't provide proof of identification and he mailed in his voter registration. As of 2011 there are 27 states that require identification to register to vote, and nine of those require a photo identification. If you don't have the required identification you can apply for a voter ID card.

Determine if your state is one of those that requires identification for you to register to vote (see "References").

Find out what type of identification is required in your state to register to vote (see "References"). If you do not have the required type of identification, proceed to step 3.

Contact the office responsible for handling voter registration and voter identification in your state to apply for a voter election ID card (see "References"). You may be able to complete and print the application for a voter ID online, but you will probably have to go in person to the county registrar's office and bring some form of identification with you, even if the identification is expired.


You can also look in the "blue pages" in your local telephone book for the Board of Elections or Voter Registrar Office in your county to get instructions on getting a voter election ID card.

Things You'll Need

  • Proof of identity required by state
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Jean Asta has been a freelance writer for domestic and international clients since 2005. She also acts as a training consultant to businesses and nonprofit organizations in the southeast United States. Asta holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, both from the University of Georgia.