Bring a Valid Form of ID
Precinct election officials are required to ask voters registered in the county to show one of the valid forms of identification:
- Iowa Driver’s License (not expired more than 90 days)
- Iowa Non-Operator’s ID (not expired more than 90 days)
- U.S. Passport (not expired)
- U.S. Military ID or Veteran ID (not expired)
- Iowa Voter ID PIN card (must be signed)
- Tribal ID Card/Document (must be signed, with photo, not expired)
A voter without one of the above forms of ID may have the voter’s identity attested to by another registered voter in the precinct or may prove identity and residence using Election Day Registration documents.
What happens if I moved?
If you are registered to vote in one precinct but have moved to a new precinct in the same county, you will also need to provide proof of residence. You can do that by bringing one of the following documents with you in either paper or electronic format:
- Residential lease
- Utility bill, including a cell phone bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Other government document
- Property tax statement (current within 45 days of final payment date)
Proof of residence must include your name and correct address and be current within 45 days.
Voters who are unable to show ID (or prove residence if required) may have their identities attested to by another register voter in the precinct or have the right to cast a provisional ballot.
If you are not registered to vote in the county where you live, you may go to your correct polling place and register on Election Day.
What Happens if I Forget or Lose my ID?
Voters who do not have a driver’s license or non-operator ID may request a replacement Voter ID Card from their county auditors. Voters who are unable to show ID (or prove residence if required) may have their identities attested to by another register voter in the precinct or have the right to cast a provisional ballot.
Provisional voters receive a notice on Election Day with information about the reason for the challenge and whether they need to provide additional documentation regarding their eligibility. This notice will include the deadline to provide additional documentation. For the November 5th city/school election, the deadline is Noon on Tuesday, November 12th.