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State law requires Kansas voters to show photographic identification when casting a vote in person. If the photo ID has an expiration date on it, the ID must not have expired at the time of voting. An acceptable photo ID does not have to have an expiration date on the document in order to be valid.

NOTE: Executive Order 20-66 states, "The Division of Vehicles shall extend the terms of drivers’ licenses and identification cards for all Kansas residents with State driver’s licenses that expired or will expire on or after March 12, 2020, and who are not able to renew at a State driver’s license examination office due to the State’s COVID-19 response." Thus, pursuant to EO 20-66, voters may use driver’s licenses or identification cards that have expired on or after March 12, 2020 in the 2020 general election.

Acceptable Forms of Photo ID

  • Driver’s license or ID card issued by Kansas or another state
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Military ID
  • ID card issued by a Native American tribe
  • Employee badge or ID issued by a government office
  • Student ID card from an accredited postsecondary education institution in Kansas
  • Concealed carry license issued by Kansas or another state
  • Public assistance ID card issued by a government office

Exemptions from photo ID requirements exist for: permanent advance voters (voters with illness or disabilities); military and overseas voters and their spouses and dependents; and voter with religious objections who sign a Declaration of Religious Objection (Form DRO (Español)). Voters age 65 or older may use an expired photo ID.

Registered voters who do not have an approved government-issued photo ID and would like one to vote may apply for a free nondriver identification card with the Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles. To get a free photo ID, an individual must fill out Form DE-VID1 (Español) (Certification Requesting Fee Waiver for Nondriver Identification Card). This form is available at all driver’s licenses offices, all county election offices and online.

Qualifying individuals who lack proof of identity and want to obtain a free nondriver identification card may get a Kansas birth certificate from the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics at no cost.

Frequently Asked Questions About Photo ID