All citizens wishing to vote must be on the official list of registered voters. Voters may use any one of seven acceptable forms of photo ID, listed below. IDs may be expired up to four years. Those 70 years of age or older may use an expired ID. The ID address does not have to match the voter registration address.
• Texas driver license.
• Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC).
• Texas Personal Identification Card issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
• Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS.
• U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph.
• U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph.
• U.S. 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:
• Texas voter registration card.
• Certified birth certificate.
• Current utility bill.
• Bank statement.
• Government check.
• Any other government document such as an out of state driver license or expired Texas driver license.
The form is called “Voter’s Declaration of Reasonable Impediment or Difficulty.” The voter must mark on the form one of the following reasons for not providing 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.
“Substantially similar name”
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. To report voter harassment or other issues encountered while voting, call one of these hotlines: 866. OUR.VOTE (English), 888.Ve.Y.Vota (Spanish), or 888.API.Vote (other languages).