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. 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. Valid forms of identification include;

  • Texas driver's license
  • Texas election ID certificate
  • Texas personal ID card
  • Handgun license
  • Military ID card
  • US Passport
  • US Citizenship certificate

If a voter does not have one of the above forms of identification, then they may show one of the following;

  • Voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document/check with voter's name and any address
  • Any other government document showing the voter's name and an address (ex: out-of-state license)

Alongside these documents, a voter will be asked to sign a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and then will be allowed to cast a regular ballot.

If you do not currently have a valid ID, Election Identification Certificates are available at no charge 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. After voting the provisional ballot, you will have six days to present an acceptable form of photo identification to your county voter registrar.

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.)