Voter ID
in Texas

Many states now require Voter ID at the polls in order to vote. Find out your state's ID requirements so you know what to bring with you to cast your ballot.

Do all voters need ID?

ID required for first time voters?

ID required when voting absentee?

Acceptable ID Types for Texas

Texas voters must show ID at the polls in order to vote. The following forms of ID are accepted: All IDs must contain a photo and be either unexpired or expired up to four years, unless voter is age 70 or older, then the document can be expired.

  • Texas driver's license
  • Texas election ID certificate
  • Texas personal ID card
  • Handgun license
  • Military ID card
  • US Passport
  • US Citizenship certificate
If voter does not have one of the above documents, then show:
  • Voter registration certificate or
  • Certified birth certificate or
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document/check with voter's name and any address or
  • Any other government document showing the voter's name and an address (ex: out-of-state license)
AND Complete with signature a Reasonable Impediment Declaration- please note an election officer can not question the reasonableness of your impediment If voting by mail the voter will need to submit an acceptable ID if this is the first time they are applying to vote by mail in Texas. The voter does not need to send ID in with their ballot, but the signature on the ballot will be matched to the signature on the voter registration form.

Voter ID Details

Election Identification Certificates are available from DPS driver's license offices during regular business hours.

What happens when you go to vote without an ID

You will vote using a provisional ballot.

Trans and Non-Binary Voters

Click here for state specific information for updating your ID and voter registration.

More Questions? Get Chat Help

Visit our friends at VoteRiders for detailed state specific information. (Note: this link will take you to the VoteRiders chatbot on Facebook Messenger.)