Acceptable IDs

It is the state law in Ohio that every voter must present their full name and current address at the polling place to provide proof of their identity so they can vote. The following are the forms of acceptable IDs that polling places in Ohio will take:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver's license or state identification card. This can have their present or former address as long as the voter's present address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct.
  • A military ID
  • A photo ID that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio. This must have the voter's name and current address and it must be unexpired.
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill (or cell phone bill) with the voter's name and present address.
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter's name and present address.
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter's name and present address.
  • An original or copy of another current government document (besides a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) with the voter's name and present address.
    • "Current" means these documents must be dated within the last 12 months.

If you don't have any of these items with you at the polling place, you can cast what is called a provisional ballot by providing either your Ohio driver's license or identification number or the last 4 digits of your social security number. You then cast the provisional ballot. Your ballot will be counted within the next 7 days of the election, but you have to return to the board of elections within that time to provide for them a qualifying form of identification listed above.

For more information about these regulations, click here.