What Do I Bring to Vote?
You must have a photo ID to vote.
Registered voters may use one of the seven (7) forms of photo ID currently required by Texas voter ID law:
- 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
- United States passport
Register voters who do not have one of the above seven (7) IDs:
1) May use one of the following forms of ID:
- Valid voter registration certificate
- Certified birth certificate
- current utility bill
- bank statement
- government check
- any other government document that displays your voter's name and an address
2) MUST complete and sign a simple statement (officially called a "reasonable impediment declaration") that says the person was not able to obtain one of the seven (7) required forms of ID.
NOTE: A voter's reason for not obtaining an ID cannot be questioned by election offficials. After asking a voter if he or she has one of seven (7) IDs, elections officials cannot question or challenge voters about why they coud not obtain an ID.
With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship certificate, the approved photo ID must be current or have expired no more than four (4) years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling site.
Procedures for Voting
When a voter arrives at a polling location, the voter will be asked to present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID. If a voter does not one of these seven IDs, but does have one of the other approved forms of ID, they must sign a statement that says they were not able to obtain one of the seven required forms of ID. If a voter does not have any of the above listed forms of ID, the voter will be permitted to cast a provisional ballot. The voter will have (six) 6 days to present proper identification to the county registrar.
Voters with a disability may be eligible for a permanent exemption from the Voter ID requirement. Click here to read more more about how to apply for this permanent exemption. Voters with a disability exemption must present their voter registration cards reflecting the exemption. Please contact us or your voter registrar for more details.
Understanding HB 658 for Residential Care Facilities
Under a new state law (House Bill 658), when residential care facilities (RCFs) request five or more absentee ballots, counties are required to send election judges to deliver the ballots during early voting and oversee voting at those homes, providing assistance if necessary. This handout provides information to help RCFs with the new process.
PDF: Understanding HB 658 for Residential Care Facilities (269KB)
VIDEO: Supported Decision Making: An Alternative to Guardianship in Texas
Many people think that guardianship is the best way to help adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities make important decisions. The truth is, guardianship is often not necessary. Watch this news interview with the DRTx legal director to learn more about the new guardianship reform laws passed in Texas that will give people with disabilities more independence, including Supported Decision Making.
Supported Decision Making: An Alternative to Guardianship