Tom Corbett, Governor Barry J. Schoch, P.E., Secretary, Department of Transportation

Obtaining a Free ID for Voting Purposes

Find a Driver Licensing Center near you that issues Voter IDs. (Includes Days and Hours of Operation)

New Department of State Voter ID, for Voting Purposes Only

Persons who want the new Department of State Voter ID will need to provide their

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security number (If the customer has been issued an SSN)
  • County
  • Previous name and/or address if changed in the past 12 months.

The applicant must fill out a Department of State application form and sign an oath/affirmation that they are a registered voter and have no other form of identification that can be used for voting. While the person waits, staff at the Driver License Center will contact the Department of State to validate that the person is registered to vote. Once verified, the person will receive the free Voter ID, which is only valid for voting and will be good for 10 years.

If PennDOT staff is unable to verify the customer is registered to vote, we will still process their request for a Department of State ID. However, the ID will be mailed to the customer when the Department of State is able to confirm they are a registered voter.

If you lost your Department of State Voter ID or need to change your name, please click here to request a free replacement Department of State Voter ID.

For all applicable forms necessary to obtain a Department of State Voter ID click here.

For more information on voting or the types of ID needed at the polls, visit www.votespa.com or www.dos.state.pa.us.

Sample Department of State Voter ID

The Department of State Voter ID, which will be valid for 10 years and can only be used for voting purposes. If a resident has the necessary documents, PennDOT can issue a secure Pennsylvania Photo identification Card. To obtain a secure Pennsylvania Photo Identification card, please follow the steps below;

For a Secure Pennsylvania Photo ID

$27.50 fee for acquiring an Identification Card will be waived for individuals completing the Oath/ Affirmation Voter ID form. All identification documentation is still required to obtain an Identification Card as follows:

Step1
To obtain a Pennsylvania Photo Identification card for voting purposes, an individual needs to visit a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Driver License Center with a completed Application for an Initial Photo Identification Card; form DL-54A, and the following:

Social Security Card
AND
One of the following:

  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • *Birth Certificate with a raised seal

PLUS

  • Two proofs of **residency such as lease agreements, current utility bills, mortgage documents, W-2 form, tax records

*If they do not have a birth certificate with a raised seal and are a Pennsylvania native; and do not have one of the acceptable, alternative forms of photo identification to vote; and will provide a signed oath/affirmation form, when visiting the PennDOT driver license center, they must:

  • Tell the PennDOT customer service representative they are a Pennsylvania native who needs a photo ID for voting purposes, and do not have a certified copy of their birth certificate;
  • Sign an oath/affirmation that they do not have an acceptable form of ID for voting purposes and the photo ID is needed for voting purposes;
  • Show a Social Security card and two proofs of residence, such as a deed, lease, tax bill, or utility bill;
  • Fill out a DL-54A form requesting a non-driver photo ID and;
  • Complete the HD01564F (Request for Certification of Birth Record for Voter ID Purposes Only) form, which collects information such as birth name, mother and father's name and place of birth. This Department of Health form is available at all Driver Licensing Centers.

*PennDOT will attempt to certify the birth record with the Department of Health.

**Students at least 18 years of age: Accepted proofs of residency include the room assignment paperwork (considered a lease) and one bill with their dorm room address on it. Bank statements, paystubs and credit card bills are all acceptable. Other Individuals who may not have any bills, leases or mortgage documents in their name may bring the person with whom they are living along with their Driver's License or Photo ID to a driver license center as one proof of residence. Homeless individuals can use the address of a shelter as their residence provided they visit a Driver's License Center with an employee from the shelter that has an employee photo identification issued by the shelter and a letter on the shelter's letterhead indicating that the homeless individual stays at the shelter.

Step 2
When their application and supporting documentation have been reviewed and processed, a Driver License Center staff member will direct the applicant to the Photo Center to have their photo taken for their Photo ID card.

Step 3
Once their photo has been taken, they will be issued a Photo ID card.


All forms and publications related to obtaining a Pennsylvania Photo ID for voting purposes are now available or will be available shortly in the following languages; Arabic (العربية), Chinese (中文), French (Français), Hindi (हिंदी), Khmer (), Korean (한국어), Russian (Русский), Spanish (Español), Ukrainian (Украинский) and Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt). Please check back periodically; as forms are translated they will be posted to PennDOT's website.


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