Do you have a valid Voter Photo ID?

All voters must present an ID, meeting the requirements below, containing the voter’s name and photograph, whether voting early or on Election Day.

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

• Tennessee driver license with your photo
• United States Passport
• Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security photo ID
• Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government, 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 card with your photo

What forms of photo ID 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 at
• 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

What if I do not bring a photo ID to the polling place?

• If you do not bring a photo ID, you will vote a provisional ballot.
• You will then have until two (2) business days after Election Day to return to the election commission office to show a valid photo ID.

What if I do not have a photo ID?

• You may obtain a free photo ID to vote from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security at a driver service center. You will need proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate), two proofs of Tennessee residency (such as a voter registration card, utility bill, vehicle registration/title, or bank statement), and if your name differs from that on your primary ID, proof of the changed name (such as certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, certified court order, etc.).
• If you do not have a photo on your driver’s license and no other form of valid photo ID, you may visit a driver service center to have your photo added to your license for free upon request.
• You may use the “express service” line at the driver service center to obtain your photo ID to minimize wait times.
• NOTE: If you already have a valid government-issued photo ID, the Department of Safety will not issue a free photo ID to you.
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Where can I find out more information?

• Call or visit your county election commission, or
• Visit our website at

Please notify your county election commission if your address changes.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett
Division of Elections
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 7th Floor • Nashville, TN 37243
Mark Goins, Coordinator of Elections
Phone: 1-877-850-4959

Updated April 2013

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