New Pennsylvania Voter Identification Law

The law has changed in Pennsylvania. This November, when heading out the door to vote, do not forget your identification. In Pennsylvania it is now required to show valid identification every time you vote.

Starting November 6, 2012, you must prove your identity at the polls by showing one of the following identifications:

  1. A United States Passport;
  2. A Pennsylvania driver’s license (an expired license is acceptable as long as it is within twelve months after the expiration);
  3. An accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution (college) identification card;
  4. A Pennsylvania municipality identification card issued to employees;
  5. A Pennsylvania care facility identification card which includes long-term care nursing facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes; or
  6. A United States military service identification card.

If you do not have any of these forms of identification, you can apply for a PennDOT Photo Identification Card by submitting form DL-54A at http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/voter/voteridlaw.shtml . When completing this application, you will need to provide your social security card and your official birth certificate, certificate of United States citizenship or a valid United States Passport, and proof of residency, i.e. a lease agreement, mortgage document, W-2 form, etc.

If your current identification does not match your current name, i.e. you are recently married or divorced; you should bring your marriage certificate or divorce decree with you to the polls.  Also, if you are a student and go to an out of state university or college, please note your student identification card will be inadequate proof of identity at the Pennsylvania polls.

The ability to vote exists as one of the most cherished Constitutional Rights of our nation. Get your proper identification ready in advance this year, register, if you haven’t already, and vote. Your vote is an important way to voice your opinions regarding elected leaders and policies. Decide your own future this year, see you at the polls!

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