Voter ID Requirements
About Voter ID requirements
Information below found on the MS Secretary of State's website
Any one of the following types of photo IDs may be used on Election Day:
- A driver's license
- A photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi
- A United States passport
- A government employee ID card
- A firearms license
- A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college
- A United States military ID
- A tribal photo ID
- Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government
- A Mississippi Voter Identification Card - see how to get one below!
Mississippi Voter ID cards are free and easy to get!
- You must first be a registered voter in Mississippi. Download a voter registration form.
- Go to any Circuit Clerk's office during regular business hours. (Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) If you need a ride, call 1-855-868-3745. In Hancock County, the Circuit Clerk's office is in the Historic Hancock County Courthouse, 152 Main Street, Bay St. Louis.
- Present ONE form of acceptable identification. Check the list of acceptable documents.
- If you do not have any of the identification documents listed, the clerk may verify birth information free of charge if you provide your date of birth, the state where you were born, and your mother's maiden name.
- Complete and sign a Voter ID Application. Assistance will be provided, if requested.
View a sample application form.
- Have your picture taken at the Circuit Clerk's office.
- Your Voter ID card will be mailed to you.
- If the next election is within 45 days, you will receive a receipt for your Mississippi Voter Identification Card from the Circuit Clerk. The receipt may be used as your photo ID when voting at the polls.
Why do you need an ID?
More than 62% of Mississippi voters approved a citizen-initiated Constitutional Amendment on November 8, 2011, which requires eligible voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot in person at the polls or in a Circuit Clerk’s office. The Mississippi Voter ID requirement is effective for all elections held in Mississippi beginning with the June 3, 2014 Primary Election.
What if my ID is expired?
You may use an expired photo ID as long as it is an acceptable form of photo ID and is not more than 10 years old. The expired ID must contain the name and photograph of the voter, and have been validly issued by the federal or a state government.