IDs

Bring your ID to Vote Texas!

All citizens wishing to vote must be on the official list of registered voters.

Voters may use one of seven (7) forms of photo ID, listed below. IDs may be expired up to four years. (Previously IDs could be expired no more than 60 days.)

  • Graphic that says Every Vote CountsDriver license
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC)
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • US military identification card containing the person's photograph
  • US citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph
  • US passport

Additionally, new procedures allow registered voters without photo ID to sign a simple form* and present one of the following documents to vote a regular ballot:

  • Certified birth certificate
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Any other government document with the individual's name and address
  • *The one-page form is called the "Voter's Declaration of Reasonable Impediment or Difficulty"

Prohibition of Voter Harassment

  • Election officials cannot question a voter about the use of an ID type
  • Poll watchers may never question a voter about Voter ID issues

ID address does not have to match the voter registration address

No Provisional Ballots

Voters who present one of the alternate documents and sign the declaration form "shall be permitted to vote a regular ballot."

Other Provisions

  • Declaration forms must be translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese for use in those counties required to provide voting materials in those languages.
  • A signed declaration form can be rejected "only upon conclusive evidence that the person completing the declaration is not the person in whose name the ballot will be cast."

Resources

Help for voters in Texas who need voter ID information!

League women with poll tax signs

LWV-Edinburgh,Texas 1950s Left to Right: Mrs. Harry Hall, President, Edinburg League; Mrs Howard Tewell, Mrs Reuben Travino (seated); Mrs. Lee Williams (standing); Mrs. Joe Atkinson; Mrs. Jack Butler; Mrs. H C. Barton (kneeling); and Mrs. James Bates.