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Voter Identification

Voter identification rules are in place to ensure that only eligible voters can cast a ballot. Your identification will be used to prove your identity and your current residency.

Voter Identification:

How to prove your identity and residency to vote

Recommended: government-issued photo ID with address

Show one piece of valid government-issued photo identification that shows your current address, such as a drivers license or general identification card:

Alternate: documents proving identity and residency

Provide two (2) documents – that together prove your identity and your current residence.

If you do not have a piece of government issued photo identification with your current address, you must provide one (1) document that proves your identify and one (1) document that proves your residency.

1. Accepted Proof of identity:

Drivers License (NWT)

General Identification Card (NWT)

Status Card

Birth Certificate

Health Card

Canadian Passport

Fishing, Trapping, Hunting Licence

Firearms Possession/Acquisition Licence

Social Insurance Card

Old Age Security (OAS) Card

Government Employee ID

Library Card

Canadian Forces ID Card

Veterans Affairs Health Card

Canadian Blood Services Card


Bracelet from a Long Term Care Facility

Student Card from Accredited College or University

2. Accepted Proof of Residency:

First Nation or Self-Government  Attestation of Residence

Utility Bill (phone, cable, utilities)

Bank Statement

Credit Card Statement

Vehicle Ownership

Employment Insurance Statement

Disability Statement

Income Support Statement

Child Tax Benefit Statement

Pension Statement

Government Check Stub

Residential Lease

Mortgage or Lease Agreement

Income Tax Assessment

Property Tax Assessment

Home Insurance Policy


Letter or Statement issued by: shelter, elders home, or long-term care facility.

If you do not possess sufficient identification, your options include:


Vouching, which means asking a registered voter to vouch for your identity, can be used as a last resort on ordinary polling day if a voter does not have the necessary proof of identity and residency.

Another voter who possesses sufficient identification and is eligible and registered to vote in your electoral district can vouch for you at the poll.

When you arrive at the poll you must both complete an Oath of Elector form.

A registered elector can vouch for up to five eligible voters, provided they are in the same electoral district as the person vouching.

Personal Acquaintance

If you are not on the Register of Electors or do not possess sufficient identification, but you personally know an election officer, you can take an Oath of Elector and prove your identity by personal acquaintance.

You can only use this option when casting a ballot in the Office of the Returning Officer or at an Advance Poll.