What ID do I need?

Voter ID Requirements

All voters must prove their identity and residential address to vote in the Mt. Pleasant by-election. Here are a few options for ID requirements:

Option 1

One document issued by the Government of B.C. or Canada that contains the voter’s name, photograph and residential address, such as:

  • B.C. driver’s licence,
  • B.C. Identification Card (BCID),
  • B.C. Services Card, or
  • Indian Status Card

Option 2

Two documents that together show the voter’s name and residential address. 

Both documents must show the voter’s name. At least one of the documents must show the voter’s residential address.

Please note: Digital or electronic documents (e.g. e-bills) are acceptable.  Hand-written information on a document, photocopies or electronic scans/photos of a paper document are not acceptable.

The following are examples of the document types authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer for voter identification (this list is illustrative, not exhaustive). Other specific documents (not listed below) may be authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer. For questions about the acceptability of a specific document, please contact Elections BC.

Government-issue identity documents

Examples: healthcare card, birth certificate, Social Insurance Card, passport, citizenship document/certificate, Old Age Security Identification Card, Canadian Forces identification, Firearm Acquisition Certificate, Firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence, Veterans Affairs Canada Health Care Identification Card, Correctional Service Canada Offender Identification Card

Other government-issue documents

Examples: property tax assessment, income tax assessment notice, government cheque, government cheque stub, statement of employment insurance benefits paid, Canada Child Tax Benefit Statement, statement of Canada Pension Plan benefits, statement of Old Age Security

School/college/university-issue document

Examples: admissions letter, report card, transcript, residence acceptance/confirmation, tuition/fees statement, student card

Other documents

Examples: provincial Where to Vote card, bank/credit card or statement, residential lease/mortgage statement, insurance statement, public transportation pass, utility bill, membership card, hospital bracelet/document, prescription medication container, attestation of residence, personal cheque (printed by bank)

Option 3

Vouching

A voter without acceptable identification can be vouched for by another individual (known as a voucher).

The voucher must be one of the following:

  • a registered voter resident in the voter’s electoral district
  • a spouse, parent, grandparent, adult child, adult grandchild or adult sibling of the voter
  • a person with the authority to make personal care decisions for the voter

All vouchers must provide acceptable identification. Both the voter and the voucher must each make a solemn declaration as to the voter’s identity and place of residence.

A voucher who is not the voter’s relative or personal care authority may only vouch for one voter. A relative may vouch for any voters who are members of their family. A personal care authority may vouch for all voters over which they have written authority.

For more info visit the Elections BC ID Requirements website.