Identification Requirements

Do I need to show my ID if an Elections Ontario official comes to my door to add me to the voters list OR contacts me to check my information on the list is correct?

Do I need to show ID to a candidate (or someone working for a candidate or party) that comes to my door OR contacts me?

When do I need to show ID?

What is the proof of identity AND proof of residence I need to use to get on the voters list?

I am on the voters list -- what ID do I need to show to vote?

It is before Election Day and I have found out that I am not on the Voters List, what ID do I need to show to vote?

It is Election Day  and I have found out that I am not on the Voters List, what ID do I need to show to vote?

What happens if I am not on the voters list and I cannot show proof of identity AND proof of residence?

I have recently moved and I am on the voters list under my old address, do I need to show ID to transfer to vote at the place for my new address?

I am on the voters list  and I am disabled. My local polling location is not accessible and I would like to vote at a more physically accessible location in my electoral district. Do I need to show ID to transfer to vote at the better location?

I am on the voters list and I am a DRO/poll clerk/scrutineer. I would like to vote at a more convenient location in my electoral district. Do I need to show ID to transfer to vote at that location?

Do I need to show ID to get a certificate to vote?


Do I need to show my ID if an Elections Ontario official comes to my door to add me to the voters list OR contacts me to check my information on the list is correct?

No.

Do I need to show ID to a candidate (or someone working for a candidate or party) that comes to my door OR contacts me?

No.

When do I need to show ID?

  • If you are not on the voters list, you need to apply to Elections Ontario to get on the voters list (or get a certificate to vote).  You need to apply before you can vote. When you apply, you need to show proof of identity AND proof of residence (List A OR List B and List C);
  • If you are on the voters list (or have a certificate to vote), before you are given your ballots, you will be asked to show your proof of identity to Elections Ontario poll officials (List B). You do not need to show it to scrutineers – they do not work for Elections Ontario.  If you cannot show proof of identity, you will have to complete a statutory declaration before you are given your ballots.

Note: Generally, you will be required to show originals (or certified or notarized copies) of your ID.  Photocopies, faxed copies, and pdf copies are only accepted when you cannot apply in person.

What is the proof of identity AND proof of residence I need to use to get on the voters list?

To get on the voters list, you must present:

  • One piece of ID (List A) that shows your name, address, and signature together
    OR
  • Two pieces of ID:

(a) the first document must show your name and signature (List B); and,
(b) the second document must show your name and address (List C
).

Note: Generally, you will be required to show originals (or certified or notarized copies) of your ID.  Photocopies, faxed copies, and pdf copies are only accepted when you cannot apply in person.

I am on the voters list -- what ID do I need to show to vote?

After you give your name and address to the poll official, you will be asked to show an original piece of ID (or certified or notarized copy) that shows your proof of identity.  The list of ID that will be accepted is as follows: List B.

If you do not have this ID, you will have to complete a statutory declaration before you are given your ballots.

It is before Election and Referendum Day and I have found out that I am not on the Voters List, what ID do I need to show to vote?

The first thing you will need to do is get on the voters list.

  • You can get on the Permanent Register of Electors by sending an application to Elections Ontario or by applying in person to your local municipal clerk.
  • You can get this application from Elections Ontario.  When you send this application by fax or mail to Elections Ontario or your local municipal clerk, it needs to include:
    • one piece of ID (List A) that shows your proof of identity and proof of residence
      OR
    • Two pieces of ID:
      (a) the first must show proof of identity (
      List B); and,
      (b) the second must show proof of residence (
      List C).

[Originals (or certified or notarized copies) need to be shown to your municipal clerk. When applying to Elections Ontario by mail use photocopies because originals will not be returned.]

  • During an election period, you can get on the Permanent Register of Electors by applying in person at your local Elections Ontario returning office.  You have to apply before the office closes and your application needs to include:
    • one piece of ID (List A) that shows your proof of identity and proof of residence
      OR
    • Two pieces of ID:
      (a) the first must show proof of identity (
      List B); and,
      (b) the second must show proof of residence (List C
      ).

[Originals (or certified or notarized copies) need to be shown when applying in person at your local Elections Ontario returning office.]

It is Election and Referendum Day and I have found out that I am not on the Voters List, what ID do I need to show to vote?

The first thing you will need to do is get on the voters list.

You can get on the list by applying in person at your polling place. Your application needs to include:

  • One piece of ID (List A) that shows your proof of identity and proof of residence
    OR
  • Two pieces of ID:
    (a) the first must show proof of identity (List B
    ); and,
    (b) the second must show proof of residence (List C
    ).

[Only originals (or certified or notarized copies) will be accepted.]

What happens if I am not on the voters list and I cannot show proof of identity AND proof of residence?

If you cannot show the required proof of identity and proof of residence to get on the voters list, you will not be able to vote.

I have recently moved and I am on the voters list under my old address, do I need to show ID to transfer to vote at the place for my new address?

No, but you will need to apply at your local Elections Ontario returning office or at an advance poll to get added to the voters list for your new address.

I am on the voters list  and I am disabled. My local polling location is not accessible and I would like to vote at a more physically accessible location in my electoral district. Do I need to show ID to transfer to vote at the better location?

No, but you will need to apply at your local Elections Ontario returning office or at an advance poll to get added to the voters list for the more accessible location.

I am on the voters list and I am a DRO/poll clerk/scrutineer. I would like to vote at a more convenient location in my electoral district. Do I need to show ID to transfer to vote at that location?

No, but you will need to apply at your local Elections Ontario returning office or at an advance poll to get added to the voters list for your new address.

Do I need to show ID to get a certificate to vote?

You can apply to get a certificate to vote, before polling day, at your local Elections Ontario returning office or at an advance poll. You can apply to get a certificate to vote if you want to vote but don’t want to be added to the voters list.

You can apply for yourself or on someone else’s behalf:

If you are applying for yourself, you need to show:

  • One piece of ID (List A) that shows your proof of identity and proof of residence
    OR
  • Two pieces of ID:
    (a) the first document must show your proof of identity (
    List B); and,
    (b) the second document must show your proof of residence (
    List C).

[Only originals (or certified or notarized copies) will be accepted.]

If you are applying for someone else, you need to show:

  • One piece of ID (List A) that shows that person’s proof of identity and proof of residence
    OR
  • Two pieces of ID:
    (a) the first document must show that person’s proof of identity (
    List B); and,
    (b) the second document must show that person’s proof of residence (List C
    ).

[Originals (or certified or notarized copies) will be accepted as well as photocopies, fax copies, or pdf’s.]