jQuery – how to get the validation framework to work with hidden fields


jQuery validation does not validate hidden fields by default, even when appropriate attributes (data-val, data-val-required etc.) are applied.


You can change that by overwriting jQuery validation defaults. There is a ignore field which is set to :hidden which causes all hidden elements to be skipped when validation happens.

If you want only specific hidden fields to get validated you can do something like this:

        ignore: ":hidden:not([data-validate-hidden])"


This will cause all hidden fields to be ignored by validation framework unless they have data-validate-hidden attribute.