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Iowa’s Voter I.D. Requirements

Iowa’s Voter I.D. Requirements See the following answers to frequently asked questions to ensure that you comply with Iowa’s voter I.D. requirements when voting.
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The Iowa Legislature passed and Governor Branstad signed legislation in 2017 that authorized the requirement of showing a form of identification to vote in an Iowa election.

We’ve answered your most frequently asked questions to ensure that you comply with Iowa’s voter I.D. requirements. For more information on voting in Iowa’s primaries, please contact your county auditor or the Iowa Secretary of State’s office.

What is a valid form of ID to show at the polls?

  • Iowa Driver's License
  • Iowa Non-Operator's ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • Military ID
  • Veteran's ID
  • Voter ID Card

What’s different this year?

During calendar year 2018 voters will be asked to show their ID before voting at the polls. Anyone who does not have the necessary ID will be asked to sign an oath verifying their identity, and will be allowed to cast a regular ballot. Beginning on January 1, 2019, Iowa voters will be required to show a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, passport, military ID, veterans ID, or Voter ID Card at the polls before they vote. Voters without the necessary ID will be offered a provisional ballot and can provide ID up until the time of the county canvass of votes (Monday after election day for primary and general elections). 

How do I show an I.D. if I vote by mail?

Voters requesting absentee ballots will be required to include their driver’s license/non-driver’s ID numbers on their request form. Voters receiving the Voter ID Card will be required to include their card’s four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) on the absentee ballot request form.

More information

The Iowa Secretary of State’s office has two very good online resources to learn more about voter identification requirements, as well as the video below. Please visit the “Voter Ready Iowa” website or their Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page on the Voter I.D. law.


Disclaimer: This document is intended for general informational purposes only and is not meant to provide a comprehensive listing or overview of all voting information. Please contact your county auditor or the Iowa Secretary of State’s office for any additional information. This document was last updated on May 7, 2018 and may not necessarily reflect all the most recent or relevant information.

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