When you go to vote in an election in Texas, you must already be registered to vote.
In-person voting for citizens with photo ID
If you are registered and you bring with you one of the forms of photo ID listed below, you may vote without doing anything further.
- 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; or
- United States passport.
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 4 years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.
In-person voting for citizens without photo ID
If you are a registered voter but do not have one of the forms of photo ID listed above and have difficulty obtaining one, you may sign a one-page form (called the Reasonable Impediment Declaration). You must then present one of the following supporting documents, and you may vote using a regular (not provisional) ballot:
- 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; or
- Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph).
If a voter possesses an acceptable form of photo ID but does not have it at the polling place (and cannot bring it to the polls before closing time), the voter will still be permitted to vote provisionally. The voter will have six (6) days to present an acceptable form of photo identification to the county voter registrar, or fill out a natural disaster affidavit, or the voter's ballot will be rejected.
For more information on required identification, go to the VoteTexas.gov website, the official state website for voting information.