Voter ID in Texas

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Disability Rights Texas Handout

Last updated: 11/15/2016
Publication Code: HA15

Voter ID in Texas

This handout is available in Braille and/or on audio tape upon request.

To vote in Texas, most voters need one of these items:

  • 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

Obtaining a FREE Texas Election ID Certificate (Voting Only Photo ID):

To get a FREE Voting Only Photo ID (called an Election ID Certificate or EIC), go to a Texas Department of Public Safety office and bring:

  1. Your Birth Certificate AND
  2. Two of any of these:
    • Social Security Card
    • Voter Registration Card
    • School Records
    • Medicare/Medicaid Card
    • ID Card issued by a Government Agency
    • Unexpired Insurance Policy
    • Expired Texas ID

The above is a partial list. Visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website the full list of options.

A CERTIFIED Birth Certificate is needed to get many types of required photo IDs. You may obtain a Birth Certificate for the purpose of voting only from a local registrar or county clerk or from the Bureau of Vital Statistics for a minimal fee of $2 to $3.

Options for Voters with a Disability Who Don’t Have a Photo ID

If you’re a voter with a disability who doesn’t have a photo ID, you have two options.

1. Get a permanent exemption from the photo ID requirement if 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, OR
  • 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 Disability Exemption Form on the Texas Secretary of State website 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.

2. Vote by mail without having to provide a photo ID or proof of disability.

If you are a voter with a disability who isn’t eligible for the exemption and doesn’t want to vote by mail, you are bound by the same requirements for a photo ID as voters who don’t have a disability.

Please call the Disability Rights Texas Voting Rights Hotline at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683) or email vote@drtx.org if you need help with any of the following:

      • Getting an ID or birth certificate
      • Applying for the exemption
      • Applying to vote by mail
      • Any other voting related question or problem

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Intake: 1-800-252-9108
Main Line: 512-454-4816

Disclaimer: Disability Rights Texas strives to update its materials on an annual basis, and this handout is based upon the law at the time it was written. The law changes frequently and is subject to various interpretations by different courts. Future changes in the law may make some information in this handout inaccurate.

The handout is not intended to and does not replace an attorney’s advice or assistance based on your particular situation.