Voter Identification

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First-Time Voters

ID is not required to vote, unless it is your first time voting in your current ward/precinct.

Please be aware, however, that an existing ID requirement is in place for voters who are new to their voting precinct. There are multiple types of photo and non-photo IDs that can be used to fulfil this requirement.

This is a list of acceptable IDs for voters who are new to a precinct:

Valid voter registration card issued by the Delaware County Voter Registration Office

Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card

Valid ID issued by any Commonwealth agency

Valid ID issued by the U.S. Government

Valid U.S. passport

Valid U.S. Armed Forces ID

Valid Student ID

Valid Employee ID

Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth, or any agency thereof

Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government, or any agency thereof

Firearm permit

Current utility bill

Current bank statement


Government check

Identification for Vote-By-Mail Voting

In order to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot, you must supply proof of identification. This does not apply to individuals entitled to vote:

under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting

by alternative ballot under the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act

Option 1

Include one of these ID numbers on your mail-in or absentee ballot form:

Current and valid Pennsylvania driver’s license

PennDOT photo ID card

Option 2

If you don’t have one the documents listed under option 1, you can include the last 4 digits of your social security number on your mail-in or absentee ballot form.

Option 3

If you don’t have one of the documents listed under option 1 or a social security number, you can provide a photocopy of one of the following IDs with your mail-in or absentee ballot application. The photocopy must show name, a photo, and an expiration date that is current.

U.S. Passport

U.S. Military ID (active duty and retired military ID may designate an expiration date that is indefinite). Military dependents' ID must contain a current expiration date.

Employee photo identification issued by Federal, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania County, or Pennsylvania Municipal government.

Photo identification issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning.

Photo identification issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences and personal care homes.

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