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.
Note: IDs may be expired up to four years. Persons 70 years of age or older may use an expired ID.
- Driver 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 (book or card)
Registered voters without photo ID, who cannot reasonably obtain one, may sign a form and present the original or a copy of one of the following documents with the voter’s name and address to vote a regular ballot:
- Voter registration card
- Certified birth certificate
- Current utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Any other government document such as an out of state driver’s license or expired Texas driver’s license.
*ID address does not have to match the voter registration address
The form is called a "Voter's Declaration of Reasonable Impediment or Difficulty."
The voter must mark one of the following reasons for not presenting a photo ID:
- Lack of transportation
- Disability or illness
- Lack of birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain an acceptable form of photo ID
- Work schedule
- Family responsibilities
- Lost or stolen identification
- Acceptable form of photo ID applied for but not received
The name on the photo ID should match the voter registration card or be "substantially similar."
- If the names don't match exactly but are substantially similar, the voter will initial a box for similar name when signing in to vote.
- Election officials cannot question a voter about the use of an ID type
- Poll watchers may never question a voter about Voter ID issues
No provisional ballots
Voters who present one of the alternate documents and sign the declaration form "shall be permitted to vote a regular ballot."
- 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."
- Texas Secretary of State information on Voter ID
- Identificación Requerida Para Votar en Persona
- League's Voting Rights and Election Laws Issue Page
Help for voters in Texas who need voter ID information!
- Having trouble getting a valid photo ID? Contact VoteRiders.org or SpreadTheVote.org.
- Official Texas Secretary of State Posters and flyers on Voter ID English Spanish or call (800) 252-VOTE with questions
- 866-OUR-VOTE English
- 888-Ve-Y-Vota Spanish
- 888-API-VOTE English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, and Tagalog