Washington Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: October 8th (by mail) or October 29th (in person)


Do First Time Voters Need ID?


Do All Voters Need ID?


Complete Washington 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?

If a voter does not provide a Washington driver’s license, a Washington state identification card, or a social security number, the voter must provide an acceptable form of ID by the certification deadline, which is 21 days after the general election.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Valid enrollment card of a federally recognized Native American tribe in Washington state
  • Copy of a current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Copy of a current government check
  • Copy of a current paycheck
  • Government document, other than a voter registration card, that shows both the name and address of the voter

Washington Student Voter Info

Students who lived in Washington before moving elsewhere to attend school, and who wish to establish or keep their Washington voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ Washington address), should have no problem doing so unless they have already registered to vote in another state. Washington students should be able to register and vote at their school address if they do not intend to return to the place they lived before school, and if they consider their school community to be their residence while they attend school—even if they are not clear on their post-school plans.

Washington Ex-Offender Voter Info

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of all supervised release. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote. Visit the Washington Secretary of State’s website for more information.