What you need to know.
The Texas Election Code 63.001(b) requires a
photo ID in order to vote in Texas
Voter ID requires all voters to present one of the following forms
of photo identification in order to be eligible to vote.
Election identification certificate;
Personal identification card;
Concealed handgun license issued by the Texas Department of
Public Safety (TXDPS);
U.S. military identification card containing the person’s
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, all of the
forms of identification must be current or have expired no more
than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.
When a voter arrives at a polling location, the voter will be
asked to present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of
Election officials will now be required by State law to
determine whether the voter’s name on the identification
provided matches the name on the official list of registered
After a voter presents their ID, the election worker will
compare it to the OLRV. If the name on the ID matches the
name on the list of registered voters, the voter will follow the
regular procedures for voting.
Procedures for Voting
If the name does not match exactly but is
“substantially similar” to the name on the OLRV, the
voter will be permitted to vote as long as the voter
signs an affidavit stating that the voter is the same
person on the list of registered voters.
If the name on your photo ID does not match the
name on your voter registration card, update your
name through the Texas Secretary of State’s office.
If a voter does not have proper identification, the
voter will still be permitted to vote provisionally.
Procedures for Voting
Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter
registrar for an exemption.
Those who obtain a disability exemption will be allowed to
vote by presenting a voter registration certificate reflecting the
Applicants must provide written documentation from either
the U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing he or she
has been determined to have a disability, or from the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of
at least 50 percent.
In addition, the applicant must state that he or she has no valid
form of photo identification. Contact your voter registrar for
Religious objection or natural disaster
Other exemptions include voters who have a consistent
religious objection to being photographed and
voters who do not have any photo identification as a
result of certain natural disasters as declared by the
President of the United States or the Texas Governor.
These voters may cast a provisional ballot at the polls
and, must sign an affidavit attesting to those facts in the
presence of the county voter registrar within six days of
the election date.
Voters who show up at the their polling place and
discover they do not have a valid form of photo
identification will be able to cast a provisional ballot.
A provisional ballot, however, will not count unless
the voter takes additional action after Election Day to
prove they have the proper photo identification.
These voters have up to six days after the election to
present to the county voter registrar appropriate
photo identification, in order for their vote to count.
Election Identification Certificate
If you, or a family member do not have one of the forms
of photo identification listed above, there is a free option
available. The change in law creates a new form of photo
identification called an election identification certificate
that the TX DPS will issue.
Registered voters, or those eligible to register, who do not
have a required form of photo identification may apply
for the election identification certificate at any DPS
driver’s license office.
There is no fee for the certificate.
Texans now have three convenient ways to obtain an EIC:
By visiting ANY driver license office during regular
By visiting one of nearly 50 driver license offices that are
now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through
November 2nd, specifically to issue EICs only;
And now, by visiting one of these EIC mobile stations,
which will make it even more convenient for eligible
Texas voters to obtain an EIC closer to home.
All applicants for an EIC will need to present proof of
citizenship and identity.
The Secretary of State (SOS) and the Texas Department
of Public Safety (DPS) will offer Election Identification
Certificates (EIC) at 25 EIC mobile stations that will
begin deploying across the state on October 1.
The locations of the EIC mobile stations, which will
issue EICs only, will be available on
List of DPS locations open on Saturday.
EIC Mobile Station
Remind your friends and family to vote by sending them a text here.
Register to vote. Learn more.
More information on EIC can be found at
Notice of Acceptable Identification Poster (English)
SOS Press Release EIC
The Texas Election
Code 63.001(b) requires
a photo ID in order to
vote in Texas.
Texas Secretary of State
Voting “Election” Dates
March 1, 2016
Primary Election Day
May 24, 2016
Nov. 8, 2016
General Election Day