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TCC Votes: ID Requirements

List of ID requirements for registration and voting, as well as how to get an ID.

ID Requirements for Voters

Late day to register to vote: Thursday, April 1, 2021

ID Requirements for Registration

All voters who register to vote in Texas must provide a Texas driver’s license number or personal identification number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. If you don’t have such a number, simply provide the last four digits of your social security number. If you don’t have a social security number, you need to state that fact.

Online Registration

There is no fully online procedure for registering to vote in Texas. You may print a voter registration application form online that can be mailed in to the voter registrar in your county of residence. On this application you may provide your Texas driver's license number, personal identification number, or the last four digits of your social security number.

Mail-in Registration

An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but you must provide one of the documents listed on the form to verify residence:

  • Driver’s license number, OR
  • Last four digits of Social Security number

If you cannot meet any of the above requirements, you may sign an affidavit and cast a provisional ballot subject to verification of your eligibility to vote.

Use the informal online application and print.
Find your county’s voter registrar by using the County Voter Registration Official's list. 

ID Requirements for Voting

Voters Aged 18-69

Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID, which can be expired for up to four years if otherwise valid:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

 

Voters Aged 70+

 For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.

 

Alternate Supporting Forms of ID

Here is a list of the supporting forms of ID that can be presented if the voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo ID and cannot reasonably obtain one:

  • copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
  • copy of or original current utility bill;
  • copy of or original bank statement;
  • copy of or original government check;
  • copy of or original paycheck; or
  • copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).

After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

 

Exemptions

Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption to presenting an acceptable photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure in the county. Those who obtain a disability exemption will be allowed to vote upon display of their voter registration certificate reflecting the exemption, and will not need to execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. Please contact your county voter registrar for more details.

Voters who have a consistent religious objection to being photographed or who do not present an acceptable form of photo identification listed above or follow the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure because of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may vote a provisional ballot, appear at the voter registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days after election day, and sign an affidavit swearing to the religious objection or natural disaster, in order for the voter’s ballot to be counted. Please contact your county voter registrar for more details.

 

For more information regarding registering to vote, please visit the Texas Secretary of State website.

Where to get an ID

Department of Motor Vehicles

Obtaining an ID