General City Election Info
VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS
On August 10, 2016, a federal district court entered an order (PDF) changing the voter identification requirements for all elections held in Texas after August 10, 2016 until further notice. This advisory will explain the new procedure and provide answers to frequently asked questions.
Summary of the Procedure
Voters who possess an acceptable form of photo ID for voting are still required to present it in order to vote in person in all Texas elections. However, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired up to four years. (Please remember some IDs, including U.S. citizenship certificates, do not expire.)
These are the 7 forms of acceptable 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 license to carry a handgun 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
Further, voters who do not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo ID, and cannot reasonably obtain one, may present a supporting form of identification of the voter and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration (in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF)), noting the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification, stating that the voter is the same person who personally appeared at the polling place, and stating that the voter is casting a ballot while voting in-person.
These are the 7 forms of supporting ID:
- Valid voter registration certificate
- Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
- Copy of or original current utility bill
- Copy of or original bank statement
- Copy of or original government check
- Copy of or original paycheck
- Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)
Examples of government documents include driver’s licenses from other states, ID cards issued by federally recognized Native American tribes (if the ID card contains an address), DPS Receipts (without a photo), expired voter registration certificates, and expired Texas DPS-issued driver licenses or personal ID cards (over 4 years). Government documents do NOT include Social Security cards (no address), public college or university IDs without an address, state/federal employee ID cards without an address, or library cards without an address. The address on the government document has to be an address of the voter. It does not have to match the address of the Official List of Registered Voters.