What Types of Identification Can I Use to Vote?
If you are not already registered on the provincial voters list, you must prove your identity and address to register or to vote. You will also have to complete an oath:
- If registering before an election, you will have to complete oath VR-21 (Oath of Elector for Addition, Update or Removal on the Official List of Electors).
- If you are being added to the list at an election, you will have to complete oath P-6 (Oath of Elector Whose Name Does Not Appear on the Official List of Electors)
There are four options for proving your identity and address:
- Confirmation of your identity by an Election Official
- A Deputy Returning Officer, Poll Clerk, Returning Officer or Election Clerk working at a polling station can confirm your identity.
- An election official can confirm the identities of as many people as necessary.
- Show one of piece of ID that shows both your name and current address, such as:
- your driver’s licence
- any other government card with your name and current address
- Show two pieces of ID which, together, show your name and current address:
- At least one must have your current address. We accept e-statements and e-invoices. You may bring a printed copy or show them on a mobile device. For example:
- health card
- Canadian passport
- birth certificate
- certificate of Canadian citizenship
- citizenship card
- social insurance number card
- old age security card
- hospital card
- label on a prescription container
- identity bracelet issued by a hospital or long-term care facility
- blood donor card
- credit/debit card
- student identity card
- public transportation card
- library card
- utility bill (e.g. electricity; telecommunications services including telephone, cable or satellite)
- bank statement
- personal cheque
- government cheque/cheque stub or pension plan statement
- residential lease or sub-lease
- mortgage contract or statement
- income tax assessment
- property tax assessment or evaluation
- vehicle ownership, insurance certificate, policy or statement
- letter of confirmation of residence, letter of stay, admission form or statement of benefits from one of the following designated establishments:
- student residence
- seniors’ residence
- long-term care facility
- If you cannot present ID that shows your name and address, you must take an oath. You can either:
- have someone who knows you attest to your current address. This person, known as a Guarantor, must show proof of their own identity and address, but does not have to be from or live in the same district as you. However, they can only attest for one person. The Guarantor will have to complete Elections NL’s “Guarantor’s Form” (AS-23) and you will have to complete an oath called “Oath of Elector Whose Name Does Not Appear on the Official List of Electors” (P-6).
- complete an affidavit, attesting to your identity in the absence of any other form of ID. Elections NL’s form, called the “Affidavit for Identification” (AS-24) must be signed by an official, such as a Judge, Barrister, Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for Oaths.
Important information about ID:
- Your name and current address must be printed on the ID. They cannot be added by hand.
- Expired ID is acceptable, as long as it has your name and current address.
- The list above is not an exhaustive list. If you have questions about the types of acceptable identification for voting or registration, contact your district Returning Officer or Elections Newfoundland and Labrador toll-free at 1-877-729-7987.
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