Frequently Asked Questions

Mail Ballot Elections

How Do I Get A Ballot?

Colorado is an all mail ballot state. Every eligible registered voter will receive a ballot at the address they have on file with the Elections Department. For this reason, it is essential to keep your voter registration up-to-date. 

Registration Status

How Do I Check My Registration Status?

Age Requirements

How Old Do I Have to be to Vote?

In the state of Colorado, you can pre-register to vote at 16. You will not be able to vote until the age of 18, with the exception of primary elections. Every voter who is 17 years old at the time of the primary election and who will be 18 years old by the date of the general election is eligible to vote in the primary election. 

ID Requirements

Do I have to Provide ID to Vote?

All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification. If you are voting by mail for the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification when you return your mail ballot.


The following documents are acceptable forms of identification:

  • A valid Colorado driver’s license or valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue. (Note:  documents issued to not lawfully present and temporarily lawfully present individuals under Part 5 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S. are not acceptable forms of identification.)
  • A valid U.S. passport.
  • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or of Colorado, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado.
  • A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the U.S.
  • A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector.
  • A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector.
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood.
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate for the elector.
  • Certified documentation of naturalization.
  • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado, as defined in section 23-3.1-102(5), C.R.S..
  • A valid veteran identification card issued by the U.S. department of veterans affairs veterans health administration with a photograph of the eligible elector.
  • A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.
  • Any form of identification listed above that shows your address must show a Colorado address to qualify as an acceptable form of identification. 


The following documents are also considered acceptable forms of identification for voting:

  • Verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility, as defined in section 1-1-104(18.5), C.R.S.
  • Verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote shall be considered sufficient identification of such person for the purposes of section 1-2-210.5, C.R.S.


The following are NOT acceptable forms of identification:

  • A driver’s license or identification card issued to not lawfully present and temporarily lawfully present individuals under Part 5 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S.
  • Any document produced by Colorado’s statewide voter registration system. 

Section 1-1-104(19.5), C.R.S., Secretary of State Rule 2.3