Federal Election
Monday, October 21

FAQs – ID to Vote

Information for transgender voters

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 accepted ID proving your identity and address, make a solemn 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 solemn declaration.

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I'm a student. What ID do I need to vote?

See the full list of accepted ID, including the letter of confirmation.

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

Yes, if that is how your address appears on the list of electors.

If you're not sure what address we have on file, you can check your voter information by using the Online Voter Registration Service or by contacting your local Elections Canada office.

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I have received my voter information card. Can I use it as ID?

Yes, the voter information card is an accepted piece of ID to prove your address. It must be used with another piece of accepted ID to prove your identity.

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My ID is expired. Will it be accepted?

Yes. Make sure it has your name and current 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?

You can only show ID from this list. No other pieces will be accepted.

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

You must show ID in English or French. In Nunavut, we also accept ID in Inuktitut.

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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.

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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 IDs. Does that 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:

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, 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 in your voter information. You do not have to show any other proof, and your gender is not included on the list of electors at the polls. There are also ways to prove your identity and address without photo ID.

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

Yes, you can still vote as long as your name and address on your two forms of ID match your name and address in your voter information.

You are not required to show ID that includes a sex/gender indicator, and the list of electors at the polls does not include your gender.

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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 the same on the two forms of ID, you will not be able to vote by showing these two items together. The names on your chosen ID documents must be the same and also must match the name in your voter information. There are, however, many options to prove your identity and address.

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

Yes. 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

You can update your information, including changes to your name, at your assigned polling station on election day, Monday, October 21.

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

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