Voter identification; accepted forms of identification. (HB1953)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter identification; accepted forms of identification. Adds to the list of accepted forms of identification for purposes of voting a valid identification card that contains a photograph of the voter and is issued by any private entity that is licensed or certified, in whole or in part, by the State Department of Health, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Medical Assistance Services, or the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. An employee of any such private entity is currently permitted to use his employee identification card, provided that the card contains a photograph of the voter, for purposes of voting; the bill allows a resident or other person who receives services from such private entity to use a valid identification card issued by the private entity, provided that the card contains a photograph of the voter. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101821D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/16/2017Assigned P & E sub: Elections
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1953)
01/17/2017Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/08/2017Left in Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB69 and SB826.


JoAnne Norton writes:

Very definitely we need expansion of acceptable ids

ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that expands the list of acceptable, valid photo IDs that voters may present to cast a ballot. This legislation allows for increased participation in elections and democracy. The ACLU of Virginia continues to oppose the voter photo ID law.