Pennsylvania Voter ID: Are You Prepared?

UPDATE OCTOBER 2, 2012: You are no longer required to show ID to vote in the 2012 election. We strongly recommend you obtain ID for future elections.

The law has changed!

Be PREPARED to vote in November.

You need to bring one of these PHOTO IDs to the polls on November 6. All photo IDs must include your name and a current expiration date:

• A PA driver’s license, currently valid or expired less than 12 months.

• An ID issued by PennDOT, currently valid or expired less than 12 months.

• A currently valid U.S. passport. Expired passports will not be accepted.

• A currently valid active duty or retired U.S. military ID, including the PA National Guard. An indefinite expiration date will be accepted.

• A currently valid military dependent’s ID with an expiration date. Expired IDs and IDs with an indefinite expiration date will not be accepted.

• A currently valid employee ID issued by federal, PA, PA county or PA municipal government. Expired IDs will not be accepted.

• A currently valid ID issued by a PA university, college, seminary, community college or two-year college to students, faculty, employees and alumni. Expired IDs will not be accepted.

• A currently valid ID issued by a PA care facility (such as a long-term care nursing facility, assisted living residence or personal care home). Expired IDs will not be accepted.


If you need a PHOTO ID:

START NOW to learn everything you need to know to make your vote count.

FREE photo IDs are available at PennDOT driver’s license centers if you sign an affidavit affirming that you don’t have a proper ID and that you need the ID in order to vote.

You must bring:

1. A Social Security card and one of the following:

• An official birth certificate (with a raised seal), certificate of U.S. citizenship, certificate of naturalization or a valid U.S. passport, and

2. TWO proofs of residency, e.g., lease agreement, mortgage documents, W-2 form, tax records or current utility bill (cell phone bills cannot be used).

You should know:

• Voters who don’t have the appropriate ID listed above who were born in PA can fill out a form asking PennDOT to contact the Department of Health, who will verify the birth records. The Department of Health will transmit this information to PennDOT and PennDOT will notify the voter that their birth record is confirmed. This process is FREE and takes ten days.

Voters can locate PennDOT driver’s license centers by calling 800-932-4600 or visiting

If you would like to get more involved in Working America’s Voter ID Education campaign, contact our Pittsburgh office at 412-456-2985 or email