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Voter ID in Arizona

Identification Requirements for Voting in Arizona Elections

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All people who wish to vote in an Arizona election are required to show identification at the polling place in order to receive a ballot.

All voters must now present identification in Arizona

In order to vote in a city, county or state election in Arizona, the voter must present:
(a) one form of appropriate identification bearing the name, address and photograph of the voter
OR
(b) two different forms of identification that bear the name and address of the person appearing to vote

What qualifies as an acceptable form of photo ID?

The following government issued IDs are acceptable, as long as they also include the name and address of the person presenting themselves at a polling place:
  • Valid Arizona driver license or non-operating identification
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification

What other kinds of documents are acceptable as ID for voting purposes?

In lieu of one of the photo IDs listed above, a person who wishes to vote may bring any two different items from the list below to the polling place, as long as those items have the person's name and address on them.
  • Utility bill dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television
  • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
  • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration
  • Indian census card
  • Property tax statement of the person's residence
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Vehicle insurance card
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification
  • Voter Registration Card / Recorder's Certification
  • Any "Official Election Material" mailing bearing your name and address

FAQ About Voter ID Requirements

  1. If you go to vote without acceptable ID as indicated above, you won't be turned away but you will be given a provisional ballot. That means that you have 5 days days after a Federal General election and three days after any other election to provide the correct identification or your ballot will not count.
  2. There are other cards or documents you may have that have your photo on them, like credit cards, membership cards, etc. Those are not government issued IDs and are not acceptable for the purposes of voting.
  3. If you want to vote, any form of ID you present, whether it is one photo ID, or two pieces of other ID, all must have both your name and address on them. For instance, a passport is not acceptable. ID with only a spouse's name (not yours) and address are not acceptable.
  4. If you have completed a provisional ballot, and you want to have your ballot count, you must appear at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office (if you vote in Maricopa County) and present the proper ID. Here are the locations of the Maricopa County Recorder. There are also other specially designated locations where you can present the required documents.
  5. If you choose to bring two non-photo IDs, they have to be from different sources. For instance, a bank statement with your name and address from two different months is not acceptable.
  6. If the ID you present has an address that doesn't match the one on file with the election officials, you will be given a provisional ballot, but in this case you don't have to return with different documents. Election officials will verify the ballot after the fact.
  7. Printing online statements from utilities is acceptable, as long as they meet the criteria for acceptable ID.
  8. Photocopies of statements issued in the names of two people are acceptable, like bank statements or phone bills.
  9. A person's name will be considered as matching the election department's records if it is reasonably close. If I present a current bank statement and a current phone bill with my address and the name Judy Hedding, that will be acceptable if the name on the election register appears as Judith Hedding.
  10. If an ID has an expiration date, and it has expired, it is no longer valid.
  11. No official at any polling place will keep any forms of identification presented.
Poll workers at voting locations have been trained on the identification requirements, and can assist you with questions and information about provisional voting.

The information presented here is a synopsis of the process for ease of understanding, and is not intended to apply to every situation that exists for every voter. For more information about voting in Maricopa County, visit the Maricopa County Recorder online or call 602-506-3535.

For information outside of Maricopa County, visit your county's election department.

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