ID Required Voting in Person
If you have one of the following photo IDs that are deemed acceptable, you must bring it with you when you vote.
- 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 concealed handgun license 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
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.
Why the requirement for Voter Photo ID?
The Republican legislature passed this photo ID requirement as part of a nationwide effort by Republicans to discourage voting, especially by the poor, the elderly, the young, racial and ethnic minorities and other groups which they perceive as more likely to vote Democratic, and somewhat less likely to have these prescribed forms of photo ID.
This effort to disenfranchise voters is unfair, but it is important that voters are aware of the rule. For example, several items that voters were previously allowed to use to verify their identity, such as a birth certificate or a utility bill, are no longer allowed because they have no photo. In addition, some documents that do have photos, such as student IDs, are not approved either.