Rhode Island state law 17-19-24.2 requires all voters to present valid identification prior to voting in all elections beginning in 2012. Voters will need to present one of the following forms of ID:
*The Rhode Island Secretary of State's office is issuing free voter photo ID cards to individuals who do not possess any of the valid Photo IDs listed above. See the Secretary of State's website for additional information on the program, or call (401) 222-2340.
Except for birth certificates, social security cards, and government-issued medical cards, all other non-photo IDs must contain the current name and address of the voter, and must have been issued after the recent general election on November 2, 2010:
Under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, any voter who is a first-time registrant and registers to vote by mail or third-party, and fails to write their valid Driver License number, State Identification number, or last four digits of their Social Security number on their voter registration form will not be allowed to present a birth certificate, Social Security card, or Government-issued medical card as a valid form of non-Photo ID.
Any voter who is unable to present valid identification at the polls, will be required to cast a provisional ballot.
Identification is not required to vote by mail ballot.
Beginning in 2014, only a Photo ID will be acceptable identification in order to vote at the polls.