Voter identification; free voter photo identification cards provided by DMV. (HB1496)

Introduced By

Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voter identification; free voter photo identification cards provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to provide voter photo identification cards containing the voter's photograph and signature for free to those voters who do not have one of the accepted forms of identification required for purposes of voting. The bill requires the DMV to provide on the official DMV website and to any person coming into a DMV office information on who may qualify for a free voter photo identification card and how to obtain such a card. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/18/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104978D
01/18/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2018Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 2-N)
02/13/2018Left in Privileges and Elections


Nicole Subryan writes:

It is typical that the committee would kill a bill that would in any way allow more voting, not less. Heaven forbid.

Sue M writes:

Even Georgia, whose voter photo ID law is as restrictive as Virginia's, does this. DMV already processes voter registrations through driver's license and ID applications, and we all know about their picture-taking ability. This would have minimal impact on DMV operation, but could help people who can't get to the courthouse for a free voter photo ID. It's not dead yet -- the full House P&E committee could revive it when they meet on Friday.