Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law requires that, beginning in November of this year, all voters present a photo ID every time they vote (see related story). But you need to plan ahead, especially if you don’t have a current driver’s license. And you may have to spend some money to get the documents you need. So, which photo IDs are considered valid? Ron Ruman, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, says photo IDs issued by federal or state governments, and just a few others from approved sources, will be accepted. “That would include Pennsylvania driver’s licenses or non-license photo IDs, a US passport, a US military ID, (or) a photo ID from an accredited Pennsylvania public or private college,” he says.
Federal, state, or municipal work IDs are also acceptable, as well as photo IDs issued by nursing homes or assisted living facilities. But, Ruman says, voters should check their state-issued IDs for an expiration date, which is required for the ID to be accepted. “The driver’s licenses and non-driver photo IDs are valid for voting purposes twelve months after expiration. All other IDs must be current,” he says.