Voter Photo ID


For Examples of acceptable photo IDs, click here.

A federal or state government issued photo ID is now required to vote, unless an exception applies.

What IDs are acceptable?

Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

  • Tennessee drivers license with your photo
  • United States Passport
  • Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security photo ID
  • Photo ID issued by the federal government or State of Tennessee, such as an employee ID from the U.S. Department of Energy with your photo
  • United States Military photo ID, including a Veteran Identification Card
  • Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo
What IDs are not acceptable?
College student photo IDs
Privately issued photo IDs, such as your discount club or bank card with your photo
Photo IDs issued by other states or by county or city governments, including library cards

Who is exempt?
  • Voters who vote absentee by mail (view requirements¬†here)
  • Voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and who vote at the facility
  • Voters who are hospitalized
  • Voters with a religious objection to being photographed
  • Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee

Alternatively, you can download this information Here. (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required)

Information about required photo identification: