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When Voters Do (And Don't) Need Identification (ID)

0 Forms of ID 

No ID is needed when:
  - The voter is already registered at the voter’s current address and is voting in the correct precinct.
  - Signature appears to match the voter signature on file.
  - Election Judges do not challenge the person’s right to vote.


1 Form of ID  

One (1) Form of ID with voter’s current address is needed when:
  - Election Judges challenge the person’s right to vote.
  - Voter submitted mail-in registration form that did not have Illinois identification/driver’s license number or Social Security number.

Examples of acceptable ID are listed below.


2 Forms of ID  

Two (2) Forms of ID are needed when:
  - The voter is registering in person after Oct. 11, including in the voter's home precinct on Election Day.
  - The voter is filing an address change in person after Oct. 11, including in the voter's home precinct on Election Day.

One of these two IDs must list the voter’s current address.
Examples of acceptable ID are listed below.

 

Acceptable Forms of ID

  - Passport or Military ID
  - Driver's License or State ID card
   - College/University/School/Work ID
  - Vehicle registration card
  - Lease, mortgage or deed to home
  - Credit or debit card
  - Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid card
  - Insurance card
  - Civic, union or professional membership card
   - LINK/Public Aid/Department of Human Services card
   - Illinois FOID card

Examples of first-class mail addressed to voter that can be used as ID:
  - Bill, Transcript or Report Card from School
  - Bank Statement, Pay Stub or Pension Statement
  - Utility, Medical or Insurance Bill
  - Official mail from any government agency

A voter who needs ID, but who cannot present ID, may cast a Provisional Ballot on Election Day. In order for that Provisional Ballot to be counted, the voter must present ID within 7 days of the election to the Cook County Clerk's office, 69 W. Washington St., Suite 500, Chicago IL 60602.