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Voter Identification

You must prove your identity and address to register and vote in a federal election. Here are your ID options when you are voting in person – at an Elections Canada office, at advance polls or on election day:

Show one piece of government-issued ID

It must have your photo, name and current address.

Examples:

  • driver's licence
  • provincial or territorial ID card

or

Show two pieces of ID

Show one piece with your name, and one piece with your name and address.

Examples:

  • health card and phone bill
  • debit card and bank statement

or

Take an oath

Show two pieces with your name, and have someone who knows you attest to your address.

This person must:

  • show proof of identity and address
  • be registered in the same polling division
  • only attest for one person


Pieces with your name:

  • health card
  • Canadian passport
  • birth certificate
  • certificate of Canadian citizenship
  • citizenship card
  • social insurance number card
  • Indian status card
  • Canadian Forces identity card
  • Veterans Affairs health card
  • old age security card
  • hospital card
  • medical clinic card
  • label on a prescription container
  • identity bracelet issued by a hospital or long-term care facility
  • blood donor card
  • CNIB card
  • credit card
  • debit card
  • employee card
  • student identity card
  • public transportation card
  • library card
  • liquor identity card
  • parolee card
  • firearms licence
  • licence or card issued for fishing, trapping or hunting
  • driver's licence (may be used to prove your name if the address is outdated)
  • provincial or territorial ID card (may be used to prove your name if the address is outdated)

Pieces with your name and address:

  • utility bill (e.g. electricity; water; telecommunications services including telephone, cable or satellite)
  • bank statement
  • credit union statement
  • credit card statement
  • personal cheque
  • government statement of benefits
  • government cheque or cheque stub
  • 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
  • correspondence issued by a school, college or university
  • letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
  • targeted revision form from Elections Canada to residents of long-term care facilities
  • letter of confirmation of residence from a First Nations band or reserve or an Inuit local authority
  • 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
    • shelter
    • soup kitchen

Important information about ID

For more information, consult Elections Canada's policy on voter identification
or call us at 1-800-463-6868.