Photo ID FAQs

In order to vote in all Texas Elections, voters are required to present an approved form of photo identification (current or expired no more than 4 years) or fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration accompanied by one form of identification listed below:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
  • Copy of or original current utility bill
  • Copy of or original bank statement
  • Copy of or original government check
  • Copy of or original paycheck
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

Visit votetexas.gov for more information.

If you do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of these photo ID’s, please click here

Examples of acceptable forms of ID are listed below. Identification must be current or have expired no more than 4 years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place; except for the United States citizenship certificate.

Driver's License

Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Personal Identification Card



Texas personal identification card issued by DPS.

Concealed Handgun License (License to Carry)



Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS.

United States Military Identification Card



United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph

United States Citizenship Certificate



United States Citizenship certificate with the person’s photograph

United States Passport



United States Passport

 

Special Notice for a “forgotten” ID

If a voter possesses an acceptable form of photo ID but does not have it at the polling place, the voter will still be permitted to vote provisionally. The voter will have six (6) days to present an acceptable form of photo identification to the county voter registrar or the voter’s ballot will be rejected. Alternatively, a voter who possesses an acceptable form of photo ID but does not have it at the polling place may choose to leave the polling place and return before the close of the polls on election day with said acceptable form of photo ID, if the voter would otherwise qualify, to vote a regular ballot at that time.