Voter ID required for upcoming election

Under Senate Bill 14, which was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 but did not take effect until a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 25, 2013, voters must present one of the following forms of ID to vote:

  • Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

  • Texas personal ID card issued by DPS

  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS

  • U.S. military ID card containing the cardholder’s photograph

  • U.S. citizenship certificate containing the cardholder’s photograph

  • U.S. passport


The following forms of ID will not be accepted:

  • Student ID

  • Utility bills

  • ID cards issued by employers

  • Any ID, other than U.S. citizenship certification, more than 60 days expired


Voters who do not have a valid form of ID can apply for an Election Identification Certificate at no cost at any driver’s license office. The EIC is valid for six years, but any EIC issued to a voter older than age 70 has no expiration date. Details on how to apply for an EIC are available on the DPS website, www.txdps.state.tx.us/driverlicense/electionid.htm.


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