Washington DC Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: October 16th (by mail); No registration deadline for IN-PERSON registration- you can register anytime up to and including Election Day at poll


Do First Time Voters Need ID?


Do All Voters Need ID?


Complete District of Columbia Voter ID Laws

Do 1st time voters need ID? Yes
Do all voters need ID? No
Student ID accepted? No


What forms of ID are acceptable?

  • Copy of current and valid photo ID
  • Current lease or utility bill with your address
  • Bank statement with your address
  • Government-issued check with your address
  • Paycheck/stub with your name and address
  • Other government-issued document that shows your name and address
  • Student IDs and cell phone bills will not count as ID; however, you may use a housing assignment form or tuition or housing bills from District colleges and universities.

DC Student Voter Info

Students who lived in D.C. before moving elsewhere to attend school, and who wish to establish or keep their D.C. voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ D.C. address), should have no problem doing so unless they have already registered to vote in another state. Students attending school in the District of Columbia can establish residency in D.C. if their school address is their principal or primary home. Your plans after graduation won’t necessarily affect your current intention to be a D.C. resident. If you register to vote in D.C., your signed registration form creates a presumption that you’re a resident of D.C., and can only be overcome by specific evidence.] If you get a driver’s license from another state after you registered to vote in D.C., that may also be considered evidence that you do not actually intend to become a D.C. resident.

DC Ex-Offender Voter Info

Individuals incarcerated for a felony conviction are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.