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Voter ID in Texas

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Accepted Forms of ID

To vote in person in Texas, most voters need one of the forms of identification (ID) listed below.

  • Texas Driver’s License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Personal ID Card issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Election ID Certificate (Voting Only Photo ID) issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (see below to find out how to get one)
  • Texas Handgun License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
  • United States Military ID Card showing your photo
  • United States Citizenship Certificate showing your photo
  • United States Passport Book or Card

Alternative Forms of ID

Voters who do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of the above seven required forms of photo ID may still vote if they fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration (RID) at the polls and present the original version or a copy of one of the following alternative forms of identification:

  • Voter registration certificate
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Certified domestic (from a US state or territory) birth certificate or a court admissible birth document
  • Government document with your name and an address

After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID, the voter must fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. Reasonable impediments identified on the Reasonable Impediment Declaration are:

  • 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
  • acceptable form of photo ID applied for but not received

A voter must qualify for one of these reasonable impediments in order to execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. The reasonableness of your impediment cannot be questioned.

NOTE: It is a criminal violation and a voter is subject to prosecution for perjury if the voter provides a false statement or false information on a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

Photo ID Exemptions

If you’re a voter with a disability who doesn’t have a photo ID, you may be eligible for a photo ID exemption. Get a permanent exemption from the photo ID requirement if you meet one or both of the requirements below.

  • You can provide proof (benefit verification letter) to your county voter registrar that you have a disability determination from the U.S. Social Security Administration.
  • You are a veteran who can provide proof (rating percentage letter) to your county voter registrar that you have a disability rating of more than 50% from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Complete the Texas Secretary of State’s Disability Exemption Form and mail it, along with your proof of disability letter, to your county voter registrar so that it is received at least 30 days prior to an election.

Questions?

If you have questions, call the Disability Rights Texas Voters Hotline at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683) or send an email to vote@drtx.org.

 

Last updated: April 6, 2022
Publication Code: HA15


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