Voter Cards (first issued in December of 2017)

One-Time Mailing by Iowa Secretary of State

On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, the Iowa Secretary of State (SOS) sent a one-time first class mailing to approximately 4,000 Story County voters who are active voter registrants but lack either an Iowa driver's license or an Iowa non-operator ID card.

Example of SOS mailing

What should I do with the card?

Cut out the card, sign it, and keep it in your wallet. You will need it if you vote in-person or if you want to request an absentee ballot.

New Voter Cards

Starting in January of 2018, registered voters in Iowa will need to prove identity when voting (an oath in lieu of identity was allowed in calendar 2018 ONLY). To that end, the voter cards mailed by all county auditors, beginning on November 17, 2017, have been changed.

Cards are issued to voters when a new registration is submitted, when a voter updates his/her registration, when the Auditor's Office updates polling place information, or at the voter's request.

If you DO NOT have an Iowa driver's license or Iowa non-operator ID card, any card you receive from the Auditor's Office since November 17, 2017, will look like this.

Voters are expected to sign these cards and keep them. Your card will be presented when voting. The card includes a personal identification number (PIN) that will be required on any absentee ballot request made by the voter.

If you DO have an Iowa driver's license or Iowa non-operator ID card, you will use your Iowa DL/ID for voting purposes. The number on your Iowa DL/ID is required when requesting an absentee ballot. 

The voter registration card sent to these voters looks like this.

Neither version of the two new card formats include space for address changes or corrections as was included in the former card. Voters with an Iowa DL/ID may update their registrations online. Changes/corrections for any voter may be made by submitting a new voter registration form.

Cards issued prior to November 17, 2017 cannot be used to prove identity for voting purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please contact the Auditor's Office.