Voter ID Information

The Rhode Island Democratic Party believes all citizens should exercise their right to vote and we work hard to make sure this process is accessible, fair, equitable, and accountable. As of January 2014, voters are required to present valid photo ID before being allowed to vote. Here is a list of photo IDs you can show at the polling place. 


Acceptable forms of photo ID include:
  • Rhode Island driver’s license/permit
  • United States passport
  • ID card issued by any federally recognized tribal government
  • Rhode Island voter identification card (
  • ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
  • United States military identification card
  • Identification card issued by the United States government or the State of Rhode Island (RIPTA bus pass, etc.)
  • Government issued medical card
  • RI Voter ID card
If you don't have an acceptable form of photo id, the Dept. of State will issue you one. You must provide one of these proofs of ID to receive a free voter ID card
  • Employee ID card
  • ID card provided by a commercial establishment
  • Credit or debit card
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Health club ID card
  • Insurance plan ID card
  • Public housing ID card
If you don't have one of the proofs of identity above, you must bring one fo the documents below to obtain a free voter ID card. It must inc lude your name and be dated since Nov. 4, 2014, unless the document is intended to be of a permanent nature such as a pardon or discharge:
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government paycheck
  • Document  issued by a government agency
  • Voter notification issued by a governmental agency
  • Publich housig ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Lease or rental statement or agreement issued by a governmental agency
  • Student ID issued by a governmental institution/agency or non-governmental institution/agency
  • Tuition statement or bill issued by a governmental agency
  • Insurance plan card or drug discount card issued by a governmental agency
  • Discharge certificates, pardons, or other official documents issued to the registered voter by a govenrmental agency in connection with the resolution of a cdriminal case, indictment, sentence or other matter
  • Public transit authority senior citizen and disabled discount ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • ID documents issued by governmental disability agencies
  • ID documents issued by homeless shelters and other temporary or transitional facilities
  • Drug prescription issued by a government doctor or other governmental health care provider
  • Property tax statement issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle registration issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle certificate of ownership issued by a governmental agency

If you do NOT bring an acceptable photo ID to the polling place, you will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot. For more information, visit the State Board of Election's website. 

Voter IDs are available Monday - Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at 148 West River Street, Providence.