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BMV Extends Hours So Voters Can Obtain Photo IDs

Last updated on Thursday, November 3, 2011

(UNDATED) - While most government offices are closing their doors on General Election Day, Indiana’s full-service license branches will be expanding their hours, giving Hoosier voters more time to obtain the photo ID needed to cast a ballot.

Normally closed on Mondays, full-service branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to accommodate the busy schedules of Hoosier voters.

Branches will only process ID cards and drivers licenses on those two days.
To obtain state IDs free of charge, residents who don't already have driver's licenses must state they need free ID cards for voting purposes and must provide proper documents proving identity, U.S. citizenship, Indiana residency and a Social Security number. Proper documents accepted by the BMV for the purposes of securing a state ID card or driver's license may include:

Birth certificate or passport (one needed to prove identity, citizenship);
Voter registration card, postal service change of address confirmation, paystub or bill (two needed to prove residency); and Social Security card or W-2 form (one needed to prove Social Security number).

Indiana law requires all residents to present government-issued photo IDs before casting a ballot. Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on attaining an ID, extended hours or BMV locations, visit www.myBMV.com or call 1-888-692-6841.

All license branches will observe regular business hours Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 10, but will be closed for Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11.

For general questions about voting, contact the Secretary of State's Election Day Hotline at 1.866.IN1.VOTE on Election Day between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. or visit www.indianavoters.in.gov any time. The hotline is also open for calls on regular business days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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