How to Get a Voter ID

A step-by-step guide to what you need and how to get a valid ID before the next election

Pennsylvania law now requires all voters to present a photo ID every single time they go to the polls. The ID can include: valid driver’s and non-driver’s license, IDs issued by the state or federal government, valid U.S. passport, U.S. military ID, employee photo ID issued by the federal, state, county or municipal government, student ID or ID issued by a care facility.

If you do not have a valid ID, you cannot vote in Pennsylvania.

So beginning today (August 28), the PA Department of State (DOS) has unveiled a new free, same-day DOS photo ID card for registered voters who do not already have at least one of the photo IDs listed above. These new cards will be accepted at the polls on November 6 as a safety net for voters who don’t have an acceptable photo ID and can’t find or obtain either a birth certificate or Social Security card – two documents required in order to get a free PennDOT-issued photo ID for voting. The new DOS ID is supposed to be issued on the same day an application is made.

Here’s what you’ll need to get this new voting ID:

Social Security number
Proof(s) of residence
Previous name and/or address if changed within the past 12 months

To get the idea, just visit one of PennDOT’s Drivers License Centers. Click here for a full list of centers in the state.

If you have any problems obtaining an ID, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE or email to report the problem.