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Do You Have a Valid I.D. to Vote This Fall?

Pennsylvania residents will need to show a valid ID when they head to the polls in November

A new Pennsylvania law will require voters to show an acceptable photo ID to vote at the polls in November's general election.

All identification used for voting must have an expiration date and be current, except for Pennsylvania driver's licenses or non-driver photo identification, which are valid for voting purposes one year past their expiration.

Voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo identification for voting can get one for free at any PennDOT driver license center. What you need to do depends on whether or not you previously had a PennDOT-issued driver's license or ID.

What do you think about the new voter ID law? Tell us in the comments section below.

Here is everything you need to know if you're planning to cast your ballot this fall.

Acceptable IDs include:

  • A Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT photo ID card (valid for voting 12 months past expiration date).
  • U.S. passport.
  • U.S. military ID (active duty and retired military IDs may designate an expiration date that is indefinite). Military dependents’ IDs must contain a current expiration date.
  • Employee photo identification issued by the federal government, 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.
  • If you have a religious objection to being photographed, acceptable IDs include the following: Pennsylvania valid without-photo driver’s license or PennDOT valid without-photo identification card.

Voters Who Had a Previous PennDOT License or ID

If you are a registered voter who previously had a PA driver's license or PennDOT photo ID card that has been expired more than one year:

  • Visit a PennDOT driver’s license center with a completed application for Initial Photo Identification Card (Form DL-54A). There is no need to bring any supporting documentation since identity and residency were previously validated by PennDOT.
  • You should provide your current address on the application. Obtain and sign an affirmation form, affirming that you do not have another acceptable form of ID for voting purposes. The form is available on PennDOT’s website or at a driver’s license center.
  • If you still have your expired Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT photo identification card, bring it along to the driver’s license center. However, if you no longer have it, PennDOT will be able to determine if you have an expired product. 
  • If you have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT photo identification card that expired prior to 1990, you should call PennDOT’s customer call center at 1-800-932-4600 to verify whether your record is still in PennDOT’s system.

Voters Who Never Had a PA Driver's License or ID Card:

If you have never had a Pennsylvania-issued ID and don't have an acceptable alternative ID, here's what you do:

  • Visit a PennDOT Driver’s License Center with a completed application for Initial Photo Identification Card (Form DL-54A).
  • Bring a Social Security card and either a certificate of U.S. citizenship, certificate of naturalization or birth certificate with a raised seal.
  • Bring two proofs of residency, such as lease agreements, current utility bills, mortgage documents, W-2 form, tax records.

Students, Homeless, Others

  • For students at least 18 years of age, accepted proofs of residency include the room assignment paperwork (considered a lease) and one bill with their dorm room address on it. Bank statements, paystubs and credit card bills are all acceptable.
  • Other individuals who may not have any bills, leases or mortgage documents in their name may bring the person with whom they are living along with that person’s driver’s license or photo ID to a driver’s license center as one proof of residence plus at least one more piece of official mail with their name and address.
  • Homeless individuals can use the address of a shelter as their residence provided they visit a driver’s license center with an employee from the shelter that has an employee photo identification issued by the shelter and a letter on the shelter’s letterhead indicating that the homeless individual stays at the shelter. 

To find the driver license center nearest you or get more information on the voter ID law, visit www.VotesPA.com or call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).

Gramma24 August 19, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Oh, great Naz. man......I thank you so much for pointing out my foolishness..How dare I, a 'simple' woman, even think I can go head to head with a great political mind like yours. Face it dude, if you don't hear it from Fox or read it on the Heritage page or get it from Robertson and his kith, it ain't true, right? Racism is running rampant in this election and 'saying it ain't so' doesn't make it go away. Disenfranchisement IS happening and it affects more minorities than not, so yeah, it's racist. As for you calling me a 'fool', I've been called worse by better for being a Democrat and supporting Obama, so get over yourself. Go turn on Fox and get another dose of testosterone for the next time you post.......'cause Lord knows, they are the ONLY truth tellers out there (gag).
Ben Miller August 19, 2012 at 06:01 AM
What about "No id, no vote" don't YOU get? This is America and a lot of good men and women died to give us that right. They didn't die to give illegal aliens the right to vote or the thousands of dead people who somehow voted for President Obama in 2008, they died for CITIZENS. There are programs for the elderly to vote, nobody is being denied the right because they can't get to the DMV. Nice try, though. By the way, you clearly no nothing about fascism and I would suggest you look it up. Fascism is very much AGAINST Christianity and considers itself its own religion. "This religion sacralized the state and assigned it the primary educational task of transforming the mentality, the character, and the customs of Italians. The aim was to create a 'new man,' a believer in and an observing member of the cult of Fascism." -Emelio Gentile, Italian historian who specializes in fascism "Among committed [Nazi] believers, a mythic world of eternally strong heroes, demons, fire and sword - in a word, the fantasy world of the nursery - displaced reality." -Michael Burleigh, WWII historian and expert on NAZI Socialism
Ben Miller August 19, 2012 at 06:06 AM
You're welcome, you so obviously needed the help. I don't know who have of the "news" sources you mentioned even are and the only side that has invoked racial overtones is the Democrats with Biden's remarks about putting people in chains. There's a reason FOX is the most watched news network in America and it's the same reason Conservative radio programs are the top rated radio programs in America. The average citizen is sick of people like you, who have probably done nothing to help your fellow man, sitting in your ivory towers and telling the rest of us how to feel and act. I don't need the government to legislate my morality and you can pull the race card all you want, it only makes you look like more of a fool. As I proved above with socialism, you know very few actual facts and post on emotion, backed by the glory of your mighty leader.... but oh, how the mighty have fallen. Obama made a lot of promises and then he broke a lot of promises. He doesn't have a prayer of winning in November.
Ben Miller August 19, 2012 at 06:06 AM
"half" not "have"
Patriot2 August 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Racism ran rampant in the last election as 95% of blacks voted for Obama. My guess is that same racism will occur in this election by black voters but white voters who voted for Obama for Change have now figured out what kind of change he has in store for them and will vote Romney this time. So while the liberal left will periodically throw out the race card like Biden did, this election for whites is generally about overturning the mistake they made in 2008 because of Obama policies,devisiveness, and arrogance.

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