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Voter ID FAQs

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

No. Your ID must show your current residential address.

Do I need to bring my Where to Vote card in order to vote?

No. It helps to bring your card, but you don’t need it to vote.

Can I use my Where to Vote card as ID?

You can use your Where to Vote card as one of two pieces of acceptable ID.

My ID is expired. Will it be accepted?

Expired ID is acceptable, as long as the information shown on it is still current.

Can I use my passport as a piece of ID?

Passports are acceptable as one of two pieces of acceptable ID. The other piece of ID must show your residential address.

What is a confirmation of residence?

A confirmation of residence is a document that can be used as one piece of ID. They are often used by voters who are homeless. With a confirmation of residence form, these voters can use the address of a homeless shelter or social service agency as their address to register or vote.

Is a statutory declaration from a lawyer or notary acceptable as a confirmation of identity and/or residence?

Yes, it can be used as one of two pieces of acceptable ID.

My appearance does not match the picture on my photo ID. Can I use this as a piece of ID?

Yes, you can still use this piece of ID as long as the name and address on it match the name and address that you are registered under.

I have two pieces of ID that show different genders. Can I use these pieces of ID?

Yes, you can still use these as ID as long as the name and address on both pieces match the name and address that you are registered under. You are not required to show ID that includes gender.

I have two pieces of ID that show different names. Can I use these pieces of ID?

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 that you are registered under.

Can I use a name other than my legal name in the voting place?

To vote, you must show ID that proves your name and address, and you must be registered under the name and address shown on this ID. If you go by a name other than the one you are registered under, you can sign your preferred name in the voting book when you get your ballot. An election official will call your registered name when it is your turn to vote.

I changed my first or middle name with Elections Canada, ICBC, or another government agency. Will my voter information be updated automatically?

No. You must contact Elections BC directly to inform us of any changes to your name. Once you make the change with Elections BC, your voter information will be updated for future elections.

Do I need to show my face in order to vote?

The Election Act does not require voters to show their faces to vote, but all voters must prove their identity and residential address to receive a ballot. See this page for more information about what ID is acceptable for this purpose http://elections.bc.ca/2017-general-election/voter-id/.