Voter Identification (ID) - FAQs
Do I need to show an ID to vote?
Yes. Acceptable IDs include a VA driver's license, DMV-issued photo ID, employee photo ID, U.S. passport, other government-issued photo ID, or a student photo ID from a college or university in VA. More ID information can be found here.
Do I have to show photo ID in order to vote?
Yes. Virginia law will require a photo ID beginning July 1, 2014.
Do I need to show ID or provide other documentation when I register to vote?
No. You sign an oath that the information you provide on the application is true.
I've lost my voter information card!
Contact the Office of Elections to request a replacement. Please be aware that your Voter Information Card is not a proper ID for voting, and cannot act as a substitute for a photo ID.
What if I do not provide an acceptable ID at the polling place?
You may cast a provisional ballot. A copy of your ID, however, must be recieved by the Fairfax County Electoral Board by noon on the Friday following the election, or your ballot will not be counted. The election officials at your polling place will give you written instructions.
What is the Federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 ("HAVA") ID requirement?
The Federal HAVA ID requirement applies only in Federal elections for certain first-time voters who registered to vote by mail. In general, an ID must be a valid photo ID, or a copy of one of several specific documents that show the voter's name and current address.