Identification for Registration and Voting


If your voter registration record reflects your current name and physical street address, you will not be required to present any identification when you are voting by mail, during early voting, or on Election Day. According to Illinois election law, your identity is verified when the election judges compare and confirm that the signature on your registration record matches the one on your ballot application in each election.

Additional ID is only required in the following special circumstances:

  • You registered to vote by mail AND did not supply sufficient proof of identity.

    In these cases, the Clerk’s office first tries to verify your identity through your Illinois Driver’s License, Illinois State ID number, or the last four digits of the Social Security number. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the Clerk’s office will mail you a notice giving you the opportunity to submit your identification documentation before voting begins.

    Required documents: 1 piece of valid ID showing current name and physical street address.

  • Your registration record is marked as “inactive” because the U.S. Post Office returned mail sent by the Clerk’s office or if you are in the voting site and an election judge, poll watcher or another voter challenges your registration record address.

    If you claim to still reside at your registration record address, you can provide current identification, complete an affidavit, and continue voting.

    Required documents: 2 pieces of valid ID showing current name and physical street address.

  • You are registering to vote for the first time or updating your existing registration name or address during Grace Period Registration. (October 10 to November 6, 2018)

    Required documents: 2 pieces of valid ID (both must show your current name and 1 must show your physical street address).

Can't provide ID in the voting site?

If ID is required during early voting or on Election Day but you can’t provide it, you are entitled to vote a Provisional Ballot. Your ballot is not cast in the bin but secured by the election judges. You have 7 days after Election Day to provide the Clerk’s office with the required ID, have your identity proven, and your ballot cast.

List of acceptable forms of ID

Expired documents are not acceptable.

  • Illinois driver's license
  • State of Illinois identification card
  • Utility or service contract service bill addressed to applicant at physical address postmarked no more than 30 days prior
  • Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card
  • Personalized check or bank statement
  • Car registration or proof of insurance bearing the applicant’s name and address

In addition to one of the above, you may use:

  • U.S. passport
  • Military, employee, student, or welfare ID card
  • Certified copy of birth certificate
  • Social Security or Veteran’s Administration Patient card
  • Civic, union, or professional membership card
  • Check cashing, debit, or credit card
  • Library (some) or insurance card
  • Certified copy of marriage license or divorce papers
  • U.S. naturalization papers