Federal Election Monday, September 20

FAQs – ID to Vote

Information for transgender voters

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

You have many options to prove your identity and address. See your options and the full list of ID accepted at the polls.

If you don't have accepted ID proving your identity and address, you can make a written declaration and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to the same polling station vouch for your identity and address. Learn more about the written declaration.

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I'm a student living away from home. What ID do I need to vote?

Like all electors, you can prove your identity and address by showing one piece of ID issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address.

Here are some other ways you can prove your identity and address when you go to vote:

  • To prove your identity, you can show a piece of ID with your name on it, such as a social insurance number (SIN) card, student card or library card.
  • To prove your address, you can show an official letter called a Letter of Confirmation of Residence or another piece of ID showing your name and address.

You can also declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you. The person vouching for you must be able to prove their identity and address with accepted ID. A person can vouch for only one person, except in retirement or long-term care facilities. See the full list of accepted ID, including the letter of confirmation of residence.

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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 on the list of electors and
  • the mailing address shown on the list of electors matches the one on your ID.

If you're not sure whether your mailing address appears on Elections Canada's list of electors, you can check by using the Online Voter Registration Service or by calling your local Elections Canada office.

If you need to update your address, you can also do so by using the Online Voter Registration Service or by calling your local Elections Canada office.

Make sure that you update your address as soon as possible so that the right address appears on the voters list.

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I have received my voter information card. Can I use it to prove my address?

Yes. If the information on your voter information card is correct, you can use it to prove your address. You must also show a second piece of accepted ID to prove your identity.

My ID is expired. Will it be accepted?

Yes, as long as it shows your name and current address. Expired pieces of ID and temporary pieces of ID (i.e. a temporary driver's licence) are accepted as long as they can reasonably be used to prove the elector's identity and address. See the full list of accepted ID.

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I have ID that is not on Elections Canada's list. Will it be accepted under option 2?

No. We only accept ID from this list for option 2.

Other ID cards issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address are accepted under option 1.

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My ID is not in English or French. Will it be accepted?

Outside Nunavut, we accept ID in English or French only. In Nunavut, we also accept ID in Inuktitut. Keep in mind, if you do not have one of the pieces of ID listed, you can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you.

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I lost my original ID document. Can I show a copy?

No. We only accept pieces of ID in the format they were originally issued.

An exception is made for documents only issued electronically, such as e-statements or e-invoices. In these cases, you can bring printouts or show them on your mobile phone.

For electors who live in retirement or long-term care facilities, photocopies are accepted.

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

You can introduce yourself with your preferred name at the polling station.

To vote, you must show ID accepted by Elections Canada to prove your identity 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 in your voter information and on your ID, a poll worker may ask you to make a declaration.

If you or the poll worker have any concerns, you can ask the election officer who manages the polling station for assistance.

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Métis cards are in the list of accepted ID for option 2. Does this include cards issued by Métis associations and organizations other than the Governing Members of the Métis National Council?

Yes. In addition, we accept ID from a variety of sources, including government agencies, healthcare organizations and private organizations. See the complete list of accepted ID.

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Information for transgender voters

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

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

By law, all voters must:

  • prove their name and address, and
  • be registered (or register at the polls) after showing proof of name and address

You can check that you are registered under your current name and address by using the Online Voter Registration Service or by contacting your local Elections Canada office.

Check here to confirm that you are registered under your current name and address.

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I would like to use photo ID to prove my name and address, but my appearance does not match the photo. Can I still vote using this ID?

Yes. You can still use this ID as long it bears your correct name and address and matches the name and address on your voter registration. You do not have to show any other documents. Note that:

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

Yes. You can still use this ID as long as your name and address are correct and match your name and address on your voter registration.

You are not required to show ID that includes a sex/gender indicator.

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

No. If your name is not the same on the two pieces of ID, you will not be able to vote by showing these two pieces together. The names on the two pieces of ID you show to vote must be the same and match the name in your voter information. There are many options to prove your identity and address.

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I changed my given name(s) and informed several agencies of the change. Will my voter information be updated automatically?

Yes, in time. However, there are a number of reasons why Elections Canada may not have received and processed the information yet.

We use several data sources to update the first and middle names of electors. Note that requests sent to any other sources are not communicated to Elections Canada. Elections Canada cannot validate and process any changes to your name or gender if some of these data sources have different information about you.

If an update is required to your name, you must make the change in person at your local Elections Canada office by the Tuesday before election day, 6:00 p.m. You can also update your voter information at your assigned polling station before you vote.

Updating your information directly with Elections Canada ensures your first and middle name will appear correctly on your voter registration and in your voter information card.

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Do I have to wear a mask in the polling place?

To maintain safe environments at local offices and polling stations, we encourage all electors to wear a mask even in places where local health authorities do not require them. We will require electors to wear masks where provincial, territorial or local health authorities make them mandatory.

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Will I have to remove my mask to prove my identity?

Electors are not required to remove their mask when proving their identity and address. There are three ways to do this.

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