Starting January 1, 2012, Kansas voters must 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. Persons age 65 or older may use expired photo ID documents. Acceptable forms of photo ID are:
Persons age 65 or older may use expired photo ID documents.
The photo ID requirements do not apply to military and overseas citizens who vote under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).
The photo ID requirements do not apply in mail ballot elections. Mail ballot elections are limited to local jurisdictions holding special question-submitted elections.
The photo ID requirements do not apply to voters who qualify, apply and are accepted to the permanent advance voting list, as long as they remain on the permanent advance voting list.
Any person whose religious beliefs prohibit photographic identification may be exempted from the photo ID requirement. Any such person must complete and sign a Form DRO (Español) (Declaration of Religious Objection).
A person voting in person in the county election office or at a satellite site is treated the same as a regular voter at the polling place on election day.
A person voting by mail may write his or her driver's license number on the application form or submit a copy of valid identification with the ballot application.
If an advance voter fails to provide identification information, or if the information provided is not valid, the county election officer may issue a provisional ballot, but the ballot is not considered valid unless the voter submits identification sometime before the county canvass. By law counties may canvass on the Monday following the election or on the following Thursday (the 2nd Thursday following the election). Voters should check with their county election office to determine the canvass date.
A registered voter who does not possess any of the approved government-issued photographic identification documents and who wishes to vote may apply for a free nondriver identification card through the Division of Vehicles, Kansas Department of Revenue.
In order to obtain a nondriver identification card, a person must present acceptable proof of identity and proof of residence to the Division of Vehicles.
In order to obtain a fee waiver for a nondriver identification card, the person must also sign a form containing an affidavit stating, among other things, that he or she:
The Form DE-VID1 (Español), entitled Certification Requesting Fee Waiver for Nondriver Identification Card, is provided by the Division of Vehicles at all driver's license offices, at all county election offices and on the Secretary of State's website.
In order to obtain a nondriver identification card, a person must present acceptable proof of identity and proof of residence to the Division of Vehicles, Kansas Department of Revenue. Qualifying individuals who lack proof of identity and desire to obtain a free nondriver identification card may obtain a Kansas birth certificate from the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics at no cost to the individual.
To qualify, such person must:
To obtain a free birth certificate in order to obtain a free nondriver identification card, all three of the following forms must be submitted to the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics by a qualifying individual:
Please note that if a person is trying to obtain a free Kansas birth certificate under this program for the purpose of obtaining a free nondriver identification card:
Individuals who do not have proof of identity and do not wish to pay for such a document may apply for a State Voter Identification Document at no cost. (NOTE: This identification document is valid only for the purpose of voting in Kansas and may not be used for any other purpose.)
To qualify, such person must either:
A person qualified by either circumstance must also:
Qualified individuals should contact the election division of the Secretary of State's office at
email@example.com or (800) 262-VOTE to apply.