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Voter ID in Texas

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About Texas voter ID requirements

Here, learn about voter ID requirements in Texas: acceptable forms of photo ID, expired IDs, address matching, and alternatives for those without acceptable ID. 

What kind of ID do I need to vote?

According to the Texas Secretary of State, the following forms of identification are considered "acceptable" forms of photo ID:

  • 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 your photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing your photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

Note: A student ID is not an acceptable photo ID under current Texas law, even if issued by a state institution.

See Required Identification for Voting in Person and What will I need in order to vote in person on election day or during early voting?

My ID is expired. Can I still use it to vote?

Yes. If you are under 70 years old, you can use an expired license to vote as long as it expired within the last four years. If you are 70 or older, it does not matter when your ID expired, you can always use it to vote.

Does my address on my acceptable photo ID have to match my voter registration?

No, the address listed on your driver's license or other acceptable photo ID does not have to match the address where you are registered to vote. You should vote in the county and precinct where you currently live and are registered to vote. 

If I do not have an acceptable photo ID, is there a way for me to vote?

Yes, you may still be able to vote if you can show one of the following "supporting" forms of ID and cannot reasonably obtain an acceptable photo ID:

  • voter registration certificate;
  • current utility bill;
  • bank statement;
  • government check;
  • paycheck;
  • certified birth certificate; or
  • any other government-issued document (such as an out-of-state driver's license)

Note: A student ID is not a supporting ID under current Texas law.

If you must use one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, you will also have to sign a "Reasonable Impediment Declaration."

What is a "reasonable impediment declaration"?

If you do not have an acceptable form of photo ID and must use one of the supporting IDs listed above, you will also have to sign a "Reasonable Impediment Declaration." This is a document in which you must affirm that you could not reasonably obtain an acceptable form of ID. 

A "reasonable impediment" to getting a photo ID includes:

  • lack of transportation,
  • disability or illness,
  • lack of birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain acceptable photo ID,
  • work schedule,
  • family responsibilities,
  • lost or stolen ID, or
  • acceptable form of ID applied for but not yet received.
      Note: If you have made an appointment to get an
      acceptable photo ID, but the appointments is not
      until after you are voting, you should check this box
      on a reasonable impediment declaration.

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