ID for Voting

 

Registered voters may use any one of the following photo IDs to vote


  • can be expired for up to 4 years (no limitation on expiration period for people age 70+)
  • ID address does not need to match address on your voter registration
    • OK to use your TX driver license with old address from another TX county
  • ID name does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration
  • your license does not need to have a "REAL ID compliant" gold star in order to vote
  • DPS paper receipt with photo/temporary TX Driver License is acceptable


(Image from “Providing Identification for Voting in Texas.” Texas Secretary of State Elections Division, 2 May 2018, www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/id/acceptable-forms-of-ID.pdf.)

Texas Under 21 personal identification card with person's photograph and personal data

  • can be expired for up to 4 years (no limitation on expiration period for people age 70+)
  • ID address does not need to match address on your voter registration
    • OK to use your TX Personal ID with old address from another TX county
  • ID name does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration
  • your TX personal ID does not need to have a "REAL ID compliant" gold star in order to vote
  • DPS paper receipt with photo/temporary TX personal ID card is acceptable


(Images from “Providing Identification for Voting in Texas.” Texas Secretary of State Elections Division, 2 May 2018, www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/id/acceptable-forms-of-ID.pdf.)


  • can be expired for up to 4 years (no limitation on expiration period for people age 70+)
  • ID name does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration
  • your ID does not need to have a "REAL ID compliant" gold star in order to vote
  • DPS paper receipt with photo/temporary DPS Election Identification Certificate is acceptable
  • you can get an Election Identification Certificate for free if you do not already have any of the other forms of acceptable photo ID.
    Call the Texas Department of Public Safety (512) 424-2600 for more information.

Note: The Election Identification Certificate (photo above) is not the same thing as your Voter Registration Certificate/Card (photo below)

Voter Registration card


(Image of EIC from “Providing Identification for Voting in Texas.” Texas Secretary of State Elections Division, 2 May 2018, www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/id/acceptable-forms-of-ID.pdf.)

Sample Texas Concealed Handgun License

  • can be expired for up to 4 years (no limitation on expiration period for people age 70+)
  • ID name does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration


(Images from “Providing Identification for Voting in Texas.” Texas Secretary of State Elections Division, 2 May 2018, www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/id/acceptable-forms-of-ID.pdf.)

  • military ID may include, but are not limited to
    • Uniformed Services ID Cards
    • Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Card (CAC)
    • DoD Civilian Retiree Cards
    • Veteran Identification Card (VIC)
    • Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)
  • can be expired for up to 4 years (no limitation on expiration period for people age 70+)
  • ID name does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration


(Images from “Providing Identification for Voting in Texas.” Texas Secretary of State Elections Division, 2 May 2018, www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/id/acceptable-forms-of-ID.pdf.)

  • U. S. Certificate of Citizenship or U. S. Certificate of Naturalization
  • name on certificate does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration


(Image from “Providing Identification for Voting in Texas.” Texas Secretary of State Elections Division, 2 May 2018, www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/id/acceptable-forms-of-ID.pdf.)

  • can be expired for up to 4 years (no limitation on expiration period for people age 70+)
  • ID name does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration

Important to note:

    • Election officials may not question you about voter ID issues.
    • These photo IDs can be expired for up to four years on Election Day.  For voters age 70+, the photo ID can be expired any number of years.
    • The address on the photo ID does not need to match the address in the Official List of Registered Voters.
    • The name on the photo ID does not need to exactly match the name in the Official List of Registered Voters.

*In addition to the acceptable photo ID, it is a good idea to bring your voter registration card to provide proof that you are registered in case your name does not show up in the Official List of Registered Voters (OLRV).*


If a registered voter doesn't have one of the photo IDs above, and cannot reasonably get one, they can still vote:

The voter can present one of the following supporting forms of ID (original or copy) showing the voter's name and address and sign a simple form.

If you have your current voter registration card, that is an acceptable form of supporting ID.

  • copy or original
  • must show name and address
    • address does not have to match the address you used to register to vote
    • name does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration
  • expired or current
  • examples:
    • your voter registration card, expired or current

Voter Registration card

    • a driver license from another state
    • Texas Driver License expired for any number of years
    • ID cards with address issued by federally recognized Native American tribes
  • original, copy, or printout of online bill
  • dated from within the past two months
  • must show name and address
    • address does not have to match the address you used to register to vote
    • name does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration


  • original paper statement, copy, or printout of online statement
  • must show name and address
    • address does not have to match the address you used to register to vote
    • name does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration

  • original or copy
  • must show name and address
    • address does not have to match the address you used to register to vote
    • name on government check does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration

  • original or copy
  • must show name and address
    • address does not have to match the address you used to register to vote
    • name on paycheck does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration

  • from any U. S. state (does not have to be Texas) or U. S. territory
  • original or copy
  • must show name and address
    • address does not have to match the address you used to register to vote
    • name on document does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration
  • original or copy
  • must show name and address
    • address does not have to match the address you used to register to vote
    • name on document does not have to exactly match the name on your voter registration
  • example:
    • birth certificate from another country

Birth Certificate from Ontario, Canada

Please note the following about providing the supporting ID and signing the form:

    • The voter is entitled to vote a regular ballot.
    • Election workers may not question your reason why a photo ID could not be obtained.
    • The address on your supporting ID does not need to match the address in the Official List of Registered Voters.
    • The name on the supporting ID does not need to exactly match the name in the Official List of Registered Voters.

Need help getting acceptable Texas photo ID?

VoteRiders can answer your questions, as well as help obtain necessary documents, arrange transportation, and cover costs associated with getting state photo ID.

  • Contact VoteRiders at 844-338-8743 or info@voteriders.org.

For further voter ID information

Call the office of the Texas Secretary of State at 800-252-VOTE (8683) or visit VoteTexas.gov.

 

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