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Voter ID Basics

What to bring with you to vote:

When you vote in Texas, show one of the following photo IDs at your polling place:

  • TX Driver’s License issued by the Department of Public Safety

  • TX Personal ID card issued by the Department of Public Safety

  • TX concealed handgun license issued by the Department of Public Safety

  • TX Election ID Certificate issued by the Department of Public Safety

  • US military ID card with your photo

  • US Certificate of Citizenship or US Certificate of Citizenship or US Certificate of Naturalization with your photo

  • US passport book or card

DON’T HAVE AN ID? DON’T WORRY YOU CAN STILL VOTE and it is EASY!

If you’re a registered voter but do not possess a photo ID listed above, don’t worry, you can still vote! Here’s how:

Sign that you are who you say you are at the voting booth and provide:

  1. a valid voter registration certificate, or

  2. a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document with your name and an address thereon

Know Your Rights!

Your name as printed on your ID does not need to exactly match your name as it appears on the registration rolls. As long as the two versions of your name are similar, you will be allowed to vote on a regular ballot.

Your address as printed on your ID does not need to match your address as it appears on the registration rolls. Even if these addresses are completely different, you will be allowed to vote on a regular ballot.

If you have a disability, you can apply for an exemption from the ID requirement at your local registrar’s office.

NEED AN ID?

If you don’t have one of the accepted IDs, you can get a free Election ID Certificate from your nearest Department of Public Safety Office, or at one of the Secretary of State’s mobile ID stations.

In order to get a free Election ID Certificate, you’ll need to bring documentation with you to verify your identity and to show that you are a U.S. citizen. Most people need a birth certificate plus two supporting documents.

If you don’t have your birth certificate, you can get one from a Vital Records Office for for free (if you go in person and tell them you need a birth certificate for voting), or online for $22.

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