Voter Identification Requirements

Every Michigan voter who offers to vote in the polls must comply with the requirement by showing picture identification or signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification. View the Michigan Election Law 168.523 for exact picture identification requirements.

Voters With Picture Identification

Voters can satisfy the picture identification requirement by showing a valid driver’s license or a personal identification card.

Voters Without Picture Identification

Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture identification. Voters who do not bring picture identification to the polls or do not possess picture identification can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.

In-Person Absent Voter Ballot Requests

Absent voters that obtain ballots in person and do not produce an acceptable form of picture ID will be issued a Challenged Ballot.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

  • Valid driver's license or personal identification card issued by Michigan or any another state
  • Federal or State government issued photo identification
  • U.S. Passport
  • Military identification card with photo
  • Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education
  • Tribal identification card with photo

For More Information

Questions regarding the picture identification requirement can be directed to the Clerk’s Office.

For more election-related FAQs and information, please visit the Michigan Votes website.



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