Voters – Can You Prove Your Identity?

By: Rob Shepherd

Even if you have been voting at the same polling place for 20 years and know every election officer, you will need to prove your identity to vote in this November’s election. You will be asked to show photo identification before voting. Your photo ID must be current and contain an expiration date. These IDs are acceptable:

  • Photo IDs issued by the federal government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including • PA driver’s license or photo ID. Either can be used for 12 months past the expiration date; • Valid U.S. passport;
    • Valid U.S. military ID with an expiration date or a note that the ID is valid indefinitely;

    • U.S. military dependent’s ID card with an expiration date;

    • Current government employee photo ID from the USA, PA, or a PA county municipality;

  • Photo ID from a PA private or public college or university;
  • Current photo ID from a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes.

    No one who is legally entitled to vote will be denied the right to do so. You may be entitled to get an ID for free from a PennDOT driver license center. Visit or call 1-877-868-3772 for details. If you cannot get a free ID, you may cast a provisional ballot. To have your provisional ballot count, within 6 days after the election, you must provide a photo ID or make a legal affirmation to your county elections bureau.

    Your Social Security card and birth certificate can help to identify you as a legitimate voter. For Social Security Card information, visit or call 800-772-1213. For birth certificate information, visit or phone 412-565-5118.