Identification Requirements

Acceptable Forms of Identification
When a voter is registered, but is required to show identification:
  • Current and valid photo ID (driver’s license, non-driver’s ID card or a student ID card)
    Or
  • One of the following non photo forms of identification:
  • Current utility bill showing voter’s name and address in the precinct, including a cell phone bill
  • Current bank statement, paycheck, or government check showing voter’s name and address in the precinct
  • Other current government document showing voter’s name and address in the precinct
In Iowa, showing identification to vote is only required by law in certain circumstances. Below are the common situations in which a voter will be required to show identification.
 
Absentee Voting
  • When the voter is registered in Linn County, but the voter's status is anything other than active
    • This can happen when the voter's identity or address could not be confirmed. The most common scenario is when a voter's ID card is returned in the mail as undeliverable.
  • When the voter is not registered in Linn County and the preregistration deadline has passed, the Election Day registration process must now be followed.
At the Polls on Election Day
  • When the voter is registered in Linn County, but the voter's name is not in the Election Register due to an address change
  • When the voter is registered in Linn County, but the voter's status is anything other than Active
    • This can happen when the voter's identity or address could not be confirmed. The most common scenario is when a voter's ID card is returned in the mail as undeliverable.   
  • When the voter is not registered in Linn County, the Election Day registration process must now be followed.
For when a voter is not registered in Linn County and the preregistration deadline has passed, check out Election Day registration identification requirements.