Does having a Minnesota driver’s license give you the right to vote?

21 July 2023

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A driver’s license does not grant a person the right to vote.

In order to vote in Minnesota, a person must be a U.S. citizen, be above the age of 18, have resided in Minnesota for at least 20 days and must not currently be incarcerated for a felony.

A driver’s license is one of several documents that can be used to validate a voter’s residency status, however possessing one does not equate to citizenship.While registering to vote, a person must affirm they are a U.S. citizen. Anyone voting as a non-citizen risks a felony charge and deportation.


This fact brief is responsive to conversations such as this one.



DocumentCloud Office of Secretary of State Statement
State of Minnesota Election Facts
State of Minnesota Do I need to bring ID?
Minnesota House Research Department Minnesota’s Voter Eligibility and Identification Requirements
Office of the Governor of Minnesota Register on Election Day

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