HB 1878: Missouri Issued Photo ID Required for November Election
Due to House Bill 1878, beginning with the November election, every Missourian wishing to vote will be required to show Missouri issued photo identification (ID).
This means a voter must have one of the following:
- a nonexpired Missouri driver’s license
- a nonexpired or nonexpiring Missouri nondriver’s license
- a photo ID issued by the Missouri National Guard, United States Armed Forces, or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
- a document that meets specific requirements as written in state statute.
Disability organizations throughout the state realize many individuals with disabilities do not have a photo ID. Although this requirement is currently being challenged in court via a lawsuit, we are encouraging individuals who do not have one to begin the process now so you have one ready before November.
Individuals who do not already meet the requirement can do so by obtaining a nondriver ID. The Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) is the state department that provides this. Their Documents for Driver License, Nondriver ID, and Instruction Permit web page provides information on the documents needed to obtain one.
After looking at the information, if you have the required documents, go to your local DOR License Office or call 573-526-8683 to acquire one. DOR will provide one for free to those obtaining for the first time in order to vote.
If you do not have a certified birth certificate, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Records can provide a free copy of a certified Missouri birth certificate. To request a birth certificate, call (573) 751-6387 or email VitalRecordsInfo@health.mo.gov.
If you are needing to obtain multiple documents, the Missouri Secretary of State’s office will assist you in obtaining these. This includes paying for any documents needed from another state or the federal government. This service can be requested by completing the Show It 2 Vote Help Request form.
The Missouri Governor’s Council on Disability and Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council encourage voters with disabilities who do not have a photo ID to use the coming months to acquire one so their views are able to be expressed in upcoming local, state, and national elections.