To get a free Alabama photo voter ID card, you must complete an application and supply the needed documentation. The details of this process are below.
Complete an Application
First, you will need to complete an application form. You may obtain this form from your county's Registrar or the mobile unit worker who will be processing your ID. You may also download a copy of the application form.
Supply the Necessary Documentation
To receive a free Alabama Photo Voter ID card, a voter must show:
*The processing agents will verify this item needed to receive the free Alabama Photo Voter ID card by checking the voter's record in the statewide voter registration system.
- A photo ID document or a non-photo identity document can be used if it contains your full legal name and date of birth;
- Documentation showing the voter’s date of birth (can be verified by information in the statewide voter file);
- Documentation showing the person is a registered voter (can be verified by voter registration information); *
- Documentation showing the voter’s name and address as reflected in the voter registration record (can be verified by voter registration information).*
Examples of Photo ID documents that can be used to obtain a free Alabama Photo Voter ID card, but CANNOT be used at the polls
- A student ID issued by a public or private high school
- A student or employee ID card issued by a private university or postgraduate technical or professional school located OUTSIDE the state of Alabama
- An employee ID card NOT issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the US government, the State of Alabama, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or entity of the State of Alabama
- Hospital/nursing home ID card
- Wholesale club or other membership card
Examples of Non-Photo ID Documents that can be used to obtain a free Alabama Photo Voter ID card
All must contain full legal name and date of birth
* The Secretary of State’s office has
entered an agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health whereby a free
birth or marriage certificate will be provided to the processing or issuing agent
when a voter needs one of these documents in order to obtain a free Alabama photo
voter ID card. This certificate is for voting purposes only, is provided
electronically, and cannot be used for any other purpose. For more information,
please call the Secretary of State’s office at 1-800-274-8683.
- Birth Certificate *
- Hospital or nursing home record
- Marriage Record *
- State or Federal Census Record
- Military Record
- Medicare or Medicaid document
- Social Security Administration Document
- Certificate of Citizenship
- Official school record or transcript
What if I'm Not Registered to Vote?
You must be a registered voter in order to obtain a free Alabama photo voter ID card
or free nondriver ID.
- The Registrar or the mobile unit worker will check the voter registration status
when the voter submits the application.
- If you are in the Board of Registrars office, you may simultaneously register to
vote and apply for a free Alabama photo voter ID card if there is no issue with your
- If a voter is applying for a nondriver ID card, the voter will sign the application stating he or she is an Alabama elector.
What About Voters Whose Polling Place is Inaccessible Due to Age or Disability?
The Secretary of State’s office has addressed voters who are elderly and/or who have a disability with an exception to the absentee ballot ID requirement when the voter's polling place is not accessible. (see definition of accessible below)
A voter who is entitled to vote by absentee ballot pursuant to the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act or any other federal law shall not be required to produce identification when voting by absentee ballot.
Voters who fall within this category will be able to check a box on their absentee ballot application which states that their polling place is not accessible and that they fall under the definition of elderly (age 65 or older) or handicapped. The Absentee Election Manager will not require and ID in order for these ballots to be counted.
Definition of Accessible as it Applies to Elderly and/or Handicapped Voters
Pursuant to Section 8 of the Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act (subchapter 1-F of Chapter 20 of Title 42 U.S.C) the Secretary of State has determined that the term “Accessible” as applied to handicapped and elderly voters shall mean that the location of the polling place is physically accessible to handicapped and elderly voters.
If a handicapped or elderly voter is unable to access his or her assigned polling place due to a neurological, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, or other life-altering disorder that affects the ability to perform manual tasks, stand for any length of time, walk unassisted, see, hear, or speak, that voter’s polling place is not “accessible” to him or her.
What About Voters Who Are Members of the Military or Who Reside Overseas?
An individual eligible to vote by absentee ballot pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) is not required to provide ID prior to voting.
The Term "UOCAVA voter" includes anyone who is a member of the Uniformed Services (including his or her spouse and dependents), Merchant Marines, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
It also includes anyone who is a U.S. citizen residing overseas whose last place of residency prior to moving overseas was in Alabama.