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, check your voter registration here or call the Elections Canada office in your riding.

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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. We accept expired ID. 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?

Maybe.

If you have a piece of government-issued photo identification bearing your name and address, it will be accepted.

Otherwise, 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 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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Information 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 eligible to vote.

By law, all voters must:

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 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. The poll worker must be satisfied that you have established your name and address in accordance with the Act.

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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 ID 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 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 name on your ID documents must be consistent with each other and with the name on your voter registration.

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

No. You must contact the Elections Canada office in your riding directly to inform them of change(s) to your given name(s).

You can also update your registration at your polling station on election day. Once you make the change with Elections Canada, your voter registration will be updated for future elections.

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