Understand what ID's are acceptable

Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

  • Tennessee driver license with your photo
  • United States Passport
  • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
  • United States Military photo ID
  • Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo


* First time voters who register by mail or using Online Voter Registration, if the ID is expired, the voter must also present one of the following :
  • a copy of a current utility bill,
  • bank statement,
  • government check,
  • paycheck, or
  • other government document that shows the voter’s name and address.
Understand what IDs are NOT acceptable

The following ID' are NOT acceptable:

  • College student IDs
  • Photo IDs not issued by the federal or Tennessee state government are NOT acceptable. This includes county or city issued photo IDs, such as library cards, and photo IDs issued by other states.
Understand who is exempt

The following individuals are exempt:

  • Voters who vote absentee by mail (view requirements here)
  • Voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and who vote at the facility       
  • Voters who are hospitalized
  • Voters with a religious objection to being photographed
  • Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee