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Need a Pennsylvania Voter ID? Here's How to Get One

PennDOT will issue free cards to those who qualify.

In need of a  for November's election day?

Beginning today (Monday), Pennsylvanians can obtain non-driver's license photo identification cards for free at any of the state's Department of Transportation driver's license centers.

All state residents on Nov. 6 must show proper photo identification at their assigned ballot boxes in order to cast their votes.

Voters must provide one of the following forms of ID: 

  • U.S. passport.
  • Driver's license. Expired driver's licenses are permissible as long as they have expired within the past year.
  • Student identification from any accredited public or private university in the state.
  • Military identification.
  • Pennsylvania care facility identification for those residing in assisted living or personal care homes.

Those without proper identification can receive free photo ID cards for voting purposes only at any of PennDOT's 71 driver's license centers. Click here to find the one closest to you.

In order to receive one of the free cards, a resident must provide his or her name, address, Social Security number, proof of residency, and previous address if he or she has moved in the past year.

An applicant must also complete a Pennsylvania Department of State ID application and sign an oath confirming that he or she is a registered voter.

A resident will receive his or her ID card once his or her voter registration has been confirmed.

The cards will be valid for 10 years.

Visit www.votespa.com and/or www.dos.state.pa.us for more informaton.

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cc August 28, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I am taking Classes down at Pitt this semester and needed either a Drivers License or Photo ID to get a Student ID Card. Colleges require you to have either a Photo ID or Drivers License to get a College ID Card.
imout August 29, 2012 at 03:57 AM
There is NO "sticking point" The article and the dept of state states: "Those without proper identification can receive free photo ID cards for voting purposes only at any of PennDOT's 71 driver's license centers. Click here to find the one closest to you. In order to receive one of the free cards, a resident must provide his or her name, address, Social Security number, proof of residency, and previous address if he or she has moved in the past year." Jeez.
cc August 30, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Sorry I understand the article completely and don't see any misleading information in the article. I've also heard on the news and read in the paper that they have made all kinds of concessions so that people can vote in November. People can' go to any of the PA DOT DRIVERS LICENSE CENTERS (NOT AAA), and get a photo ID and will be given one on the spot. BTW my STUDENT ID doesn't have an EXPIRATION DATE ON IT, but you do have to show photo ID to get one. Foreign Students showed PHOTO ID from their Country to get one.
imout August 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM
ML. Once again, it is obvious that you do not know that words have meanings. You use them incorrectly which creates confusion and frankly does not portray you in the best light. Let me spell it out for you: You were wrong when you wrote that there is a "sticking point." There is no sticking point. Even if you show up on election day with improper or no ID, you will be afforded the opportunity to vote with a provisional ballot. There simply is no sticking point (impasse).
imout August 30, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Furthermore ML, the article is not misleading, except maybe to you who is incapable of reading past your sticking points. The author directs people to the Voting website for more information. I don't think anyone expects an author to regurgitate all the information within her article.
Matt A. August 30, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Sophistahick, cc and others. From reading what ML blogs she tries to come across as a smart person but the Rosetta Stone Courses that she took (bragged about), doesn't allow her to comprehend the article nor blog the complete truth in her answers. A 10 year old would be able to understand this article on Voters ID which is not misleading in any way. If anyone has watched the news on one of the 3 local news stations or read one of Pittsburgh news papers, it has clearly stated in all that a person in Pennsylvania can get Photo ID strictly for voting. If they show up at the polls with the wrong kind of ID, they still will be able to vote with a Provisional Vote. Condescending - adjective "showing or implying a usually patronizing descent from dignity or superiority:"
cc August 30, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Voter ID cards now available from state http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/Story/voter-ID "The Pennsylvania Department of State Tuesday sent out its official poll worker guide on the same day it began offering a free photo identification card to voters who lack verification documents necessary for other forms of state identification." “Our goal is to ensure that every person who needs an ID can get one, and this new ID serves as a safety net for those who can’t find or obtain verification documents normally required for a PennDOT secure identification card,” said state Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch." "The Department of State Voter ID is available at PennDOT driver’s license centers. It is valid only for voting purposes. For people born in Pennsylvania but who do not possess a birth certificate with a raised seal, PennDOT works directly with the Department of Health to certify the customer’s birth record. If the person still cannot qualify for a PennDOT secure ID, the department then issues the new Department of State Voter ID card."
imout August 30, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I prefer a system where we check for valid voting credentials before people vote, not afterwards. Otherwise it is too late. Your stats of invalidated provisional ballots suggest voter fraud, disenfranchisement, both, or unknowable?
cc August 30, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Voter ID cards now available from state http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/Story/voter-ID "The Pennsylvania Department of State Tuesday sent out its official poll worker guide on the same day it began offering a free photo identification card to voters who lack verification documents necessary for other forms of state identification." “Our goal is to ensure that every person who needs an ID can get one, and this new ID serves as a safety net for those who can’t find or obtain verification documents normally required for a PennDOT secure identification card,” said state Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch." "The Department of State Voter ID is available at PennDOT driver’s license centers. It is valid only for voting purposes. For people born in Pennsylvania but who do not possess a birth certificate with a raised seal, PennDOT works directly with the Department of Health to certify the customer’s birth record. If the person still cannot qualify for a PennDOT secure ID, the department then issues the new Department of State Voter ID card." EVERYONE WILL GET TO VOTE NOW.
cc August 31, 2012 at 01:03 AM
That is only schmotzer opinion which shouldn't be taken at face value.

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