PA Voter ID Law
This page is your guide to the Pennsylvania Voter ID Law.
Just like the November 6, 2012 presidential election and Pennsylvania’s May 21, 2013 primary election, the Voter ID law will NOT be in effect for Pennsylvania’s November 5, 2013 general election. No voter needs to show, or even needs to have, photo identification in order to use voting machines at the polls.
HOWEVER, there will still be an identification requirement for first-time voters
or individuals voting in a new division, but they may show either photo
or non-photo ID in order to use the voting machines. A full list of
accepted identification for first-time voters is available here.
Voters should also be aware that the Voter ID law is in effect for
voting by absentee ballot on November 5, 2013. Please refer to our handbook for information on absentee voting.
The battle over Voter ID in Pennsylvania is not over. Voters are still waiting for a ruling on the constitutionality of the law by a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge. The preliminary injunction renewed on August 16 ordered one change from the prior two elections: poll workers may not tell voters that photo identification could be required for future elections. They may, however, hand out written material about the law.
The non-partisan Committee of Seventy will keep voters posted on developments as they happen!
Voter ID Law Legal Challenge
Voter Education Campaign Field Materials
Voter ID Law Handbook for Speakers/Trainers (August 21, 2013) Download (PDF)
Voter ID Flyer (August 29, 2013) Download (PDF)
Applications/Forms for Department of State ID Card for Voting
Application for Department of State Voter ID Card
Affirmation for Voters who do not Possess Proof of ID for Voting Purposes
Department of State Voter ID Card Replacement
Q&A for New DOS ID
See the Department of State's website
for more information on Voter ID.
Applications/Forms for PennDOT Photo Identification Card
Form DL54-A (Application for Photo Identification Card) Download (PDF)
Oath/Affirmation That Voter Does Not Possess Proof of Identification for Voting Purposes Download (PDF)
Form HD01564F (Birth record request from Pennsylvania Department of Health Division of Vital Records) Download (PDF)
See the Department of Transportation's website for more information on Voter ID.