ROANOKE, Va. -

The city of Roanoke is leading the way in Virginia when it comes to making sure people who want to vote can vote.

Election Day is still three months away, but voting officials say now is the time to prepare.

It's been about a month since a new law took effect in Virginia that requires voters to have photo identification at the polls.

The new law has a lot of people wondering how they will get their hands on a valid form if they don't already have one, but the city’s registrar’s office wants people to know about a free form of ID that you don't have to travel very far to get.

The new law means those who want to vote might need to do a little leg work before heading to the polls.

"It is a big change and it would impact people and we didn't want anyone's vote to not count,” said General Registrar Andrew Cochran.

Virginia is one of eight states that requires people to present a photo ID before casting their vote and that's why Cochran has spent the last month working to help voters comply with the law.

"I think we decided early on that we were going to be aggressive about this,” he said.

Flyers, book marks and brochures have all been circulating throughout the city. Election officials have also been attending community events to spread the word about the ID card.

"We're not just here to carry out the rules and regulations that we're a community is probably the most important thing,” said election official SiWan Payne.

Payne is just one of a few election officials who actually go into neighborhoods and help people apply for the form of identification.

"There were lots of people that did not know and those that did participate were more than happy to get a free ID done,” she said.

Efforts from the election office are paying off.

The city of Roanoke is leading the state when it comes to registering voters for the ID cards. Richmond, Washington County, Petersburg and Portsmouth are not too far behind.

"Anyone and everyone should be able to whether you have a driver's license or a passport to go ahead and get this anyway as a backup tool,” said election official William Tynes.

Cochran said there's still a lot of work to be done, but he's hoping people will take advantage of this service before we get to November.

"I'm encouraged by the numbers,” said Cochran. “It tells me we are doing something right and that will continue until Election Day.”

If you plan on using your Virginia's driver's license to vote in November, you'll want to double check the expiration date on it.

The State Board of Elections voted on a new policy on Wednesday.

Voters will not be able to use a license that's been expired for more than 12 months. Wednesday’s vote reverses a policy decision from June that would have allowed election officials to accept expired photo identification cards.

Election officials will be at the Greek Festival and Henry Street Festival in September to register people for the cards.

If you don't want a card, you can still use a driver's license, passport or work ID.