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Photo Identification

Voting and the Photo ID

MYTH: I can’t vote because I don’t have Photo ID.

TRUTH: Voting absentee by mail does not require a Photo ID.  When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs:

• SC Driver's License
• SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
• SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
• Federal Military ID
• US Passport

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE OF THESE PHOTO IDS, YOU ARE READY TO VOTE.  Be sure to bring your Photo ID with you to the polling place.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE OF THESE PHOTO IDs, make your voting experience as fast and easy as possible by getting a free Photo ID from your county voter registration and elections office or your local DMV office.

• If you're already registered to vote, go to your county voter registration and elections office, provide your date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security Number.  Then, have your photo taken. Click here for Attire & Appearance guidelines for photographs.

• If you are not yet registered, you need to register to vote first.  You can register and have your photo taken on the same day; however, you must have registered by May 10 in order to participate in the June 10 Primary.  If you've missed the deadline, go ahead and register and get a Photo ID.  You'll be ready for next time.  Click here to learn more about registering to vote.

• To learn how to get a DMV ID card, call or visit your local DMV office or visit

IF YOU FORGET TO BRING YOUR PHOTO ID TO YOUR POLLING PLACE, you may vote a provisional ballot that will count only if you show your Photo ID to the election commission prior to certification of the election (usually Thursday or Friday after the election).

IF YOU CAN'T GET A PHOTO ID, bring your non-photo voter registration card with you to the polling place.  You may vote a provisional ballot after signing an affidavit stating you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining Photo ID.  A reasonable impediment is any valid reason, beyond your control, which created an obstacle to obtaining a Photo ID. Some examples include:

• a disability or illness
• a conflict with your work schedule
• a lack of transportation
• a lack of a birth certificate
• family responsibilities
• a religious objection to being photographed

• any other obstacle you find reasonable

This ballot will count unless someone proves to the election commission that you are lying about your identity or about having the listed impediment.

To vote under the reasonable impediment exception:
1. Inform the poll managers that you do not have a photo ID and could not get one.
2. Present your current, non-photo registration card.
3. Sign the affidavit provided by the poll managers stating why you could not obtain a Photo ID.
4. Cast a provisional ballot that will be counted unless the county election commission has reason to believe your affidavit is false.