New Voting Options for Registered Voters Who Do Not Have One of the Seven Acceptable Forms of I.D. and Cannot Reasonably Obtain One
In the State of Texas, you may now vote a regular ballot by providing one of the forms of acceptable photo identification OR by completing a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at your polling place and providing one of the supporting documents.
A list of acceptable forms of photo identification when voting in person under Section 63.0101 of the Texas Election Code (SB 14 ID) is below. With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.
- Texas Driver's License (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC)
- Texas Personal Identification Card (DPS)
- Texas License to Carry Handgun (DPS)
- United States Military Identification Card
- United States Citizen Certificate
- United States Passport
*Does not require voter to complete a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at polling place:
- Valid voter registration certificate
- Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
- Copy of or original current utility bill
- Copy of or original bank statement
- Copy of or original government check
- Copy of or original paycheck
- Copy of or original government document with your name and or address (original required if it contains a photograph)
*Requires voter to complete a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at polling place:
Free Election Identification Certificates Available
Individuals without an approved form of photo ID may apply for an Election Identification Certificate (EIC) at any Texas Driver License office. There is no charge for this certificate. EICs for persons age 70 and older do not expire; all other EICs expire every six years. To receive this voter ID card, applicants must provide specific documents that prove their identity and citizenship. For more information call DPS at or visit their website at www.txdps.state.tx.us
A voter who does not have the required form of ID or does not have a “substantially similar” name match will be permitted to cast a provisional ballot. The voter must present proper identification to the County Voter Registrar within six calendar days of the election or the voter’s ballot will be rejected.
Voters with a disability and without an approved form of ID may apply with the County Voter Registrar for a permanent exemption. Documentation from the Social Security Administration showing a disability or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs showing a disability rating of at least 50 percent will be required. A new voter registration certificate that reflects the exemption will be issued.
Voters who have a religious objection to being photographed or do not have a valid ID due to certain natural disasters as declared by the President or the Texas Governor, may cast a provisional ballot. They must appear at the voter registrar’s office within six calendar days after Election Day and sign an affidavit for their ballots to be counted.