Voter Identification

Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification ( ID ) when voting in person.

Acceptable Forms of ID 

There are many different types of acceptable photo IDs that voters can use when voting. All of the acceptable forms of photo ID can be used up to a year after the ID has expired. These photo IDs include:

  • Employee photo 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
  • Other government-issued photo identification card (must be issued by U.S. 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
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran's ID Card
  • Valid Virginia Driver's License or Identification Card

If you do not have one of the acceptable forms of photo identification, as noted, please contact your local voter registration office for a free photo identification card, which can be used for voting purposes only.

No Acceptable Identification

Voters without acceptable photo identification may be offered a Provisional Ballot to vote. In order for the ballot to be counted, the voter is required to submit a copy of an approved form of photo identification to the local Electoral Board by noon on Friday following Election Day.

Provisional Ballot

A "Provisional Ballot" is a special paper ballot that is offered to any voter whose qualification to vote is in question. This may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • A person who does not present acceptable photo identification when voting.
  • A person whose name is not on the poll book at the precinct on Election Day and whose qualification cannot be immediately resolved.

Norfolk Electoral Board

The Norfolk Electoral Board makes a determination on all "Provisional Ballots" at the Canvass of Votes Meeting, which is held at 10 a.m. the day following each election in the Norfolk Circuit Court Building, located at:
150 Street Paul's Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23510

Anyone who has voted a "Provisional Ballot" is welcome to attend this meeting.