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FAQs on ID

Information about pieces of ID

More information about pieces of ID for transgender voters

Information about pieces of ID

How do I prove my identity and address when I go to vote?

See your options and the full list of ID accepted at the polls.

If you don't have ID proving your address: Take an oath, show two pieces of ID with your name, and have someone who knows you and who lives in your polling division attest to your address.

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How do I know if someone is registered in the same polling division as me?

The person who attests to your address has to live in your polling division and be registered to vote.

How to know if someone lives in your polling division: Someone who lives with you is in the same polling division as you. A neighbour usually lives in your polling division, too.

To be sure, verify that their "poll number" matches yours. Poll numbers are available online or on the back of your voter information card shortly after the election is called.

How to know if someone is registered to vote: Once an election is called, anyone who receives a voter information card in their name is registered to vote. Make sure you have one, and check with the person who will attest to your address to see if they got one, too. If one of you didn't receive a card, register online or call us at 1-800-463-6868.

Voter Information Card with poll number highlighted

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Can I use ID with a mailing address – PO box, rural route or general delivery?

Yes, if your mailing address appears in your voter registration file.

If you're not sure what address we have on file, check your voter registration.

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Can I use my voter information card as ID?

No. Your voter information card is not ID. It cannot be used to prove your identity or address when you vote. See the full list of accepted ID.

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My ID is expired. Will it be accepted?

Yes. We accept expired ID. Make sure it has your name and current address. See the full list of accepted ID.

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Can I use my passport to vote?

Yes. You can use your passport to prove your identity (name). But you also need to show a second piece of ID with your name and address.

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Why can't my passport count as proof of my address?

Passport holders write their own address into their passport. For a piece of ID to count as proof of address, the address must be added by the issuer of the document. That's why we accept a passport as proof of identity (name), but not as proof of address.

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What is a letter of confirmation of residence?

You can use this letter as your proof of address – along with a second piece of ID – if you live in or receive services from a:

This proof of address will be valid only if it is signed by the administrator of one of the facilities listed above.

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More information about pieces of ID for transgender voters

Does my sex, gender expression or the sex indicator on my ID and voter registration documents affect my right to vote?

No. If you are 18 or older on election day and a Canadian citizen, you are entitled to vote.

By law, all voters must:

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I would like to use photo ID, but my appearance does not match the photo. Can I still vote?

Yes, you can still vote as long as your name and address on your ID match your name and address on your voter registration. The law does not require that you show any other proof. If you register or vote in person, a poll worker may ask you to explain why the photo does not match your appearance.

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I would like to use two pieces of ID, but they show different sex indicators. Can I still vote?

Yes, you can still vote as long as your name and address on your two pieces of ID match your name and address on your voter registration. You are not required to show ID that includes a sex indicator.

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I would like to use two pieces of ID, but they show different names. Can I still vote?

No. If your name is not consistent on the two pieces of ID, you will not be able to vote using that ID. The names on your ID documents must be consistent with each other and with the name on your voter registration.

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What happens if I use my preferred name at my polling place?

You are free to present yourself under your preferred name.

To vote, you must show ID accepted by Elections Canada to prove your name and address, and you must be registered (or register at the polls) under the name and address shown on this ID. If your preferred name is different from the name on your voter registration and ID, a poll worker may ask you to explain.

If you or the poll worker have any concerns, you can consult the election officer who manages the polling place (the central poll supervisor or designated deputy returning officer).

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I changed my first or middle name and informed several agencies. Will my voter registration be updated automatically?

No. You must contact Elections Canada directly to inform us of changes to your first or middle name.

Between elections, you can update your name by writing to Elections Canada. Please include your previous name, new name, date of birth, address, and a copy of ID showing your current name and address.

During an election, you can update your registration at your polling place, when you go to vote. Once you make the change with Elections Canada, your voter registration will be updated for future elections.

These options are the best way to ensure your first or middle name will be updated on your voter registration and voter information card.

We update voter registrations using several data sources. However, we do not update voters' first or middle name based on information from these sources.

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