Voter ID

Group of folks 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.

Note: IDs may be expired up to four years. Persons 70 years of age or older may use an expired ID. 

  • Graphic that says Every Vote CountsTexas 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
  • Paycheck
  • 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.

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

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!

 Election Protection graphic

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.