Photo ID required for voting at the polls
October 30, 2015
Contact: Alicia Pierce or Mari Bergman
Austin, TX — Today, Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos reminded Texans that Election Day for the statewide constitutional amendment election is Tuesday, November 3, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“Tuesday is a chance for voters to directly affect the state’s most important governing document,” said Texas Secretary Cascos. “These seven propositions were voted on by the Legislature, but it is ultimately up to Texas voters if they become part of the Texas Constitution.”
Ballot language and explanatory statements for the seven amendments can be found at VoteTexas.gov.
Texas’ photo ID requirement is in effect for this election. This will be the fifth statewide election with the photo ID requirement for Texans.
To cast a ballot in person, voters should present one of the following approved forms of photo ID:
- Texas Driver License – issued by the Department of Public Safety (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 – issued by the U.S. government
- Election Identification Certificate – issued free by DPS
Any citizen who does not have an approved ID can apply for a free Election Identification Certificate (“EIC”) at:
- Any of the more than 220 Texas driver license offices during regular business hours;
- EIC mobile station locations (PDF);
- Alternate approved locations (PDF) issuing only EICs in select counties.
More information on locations to obtain an EIC is available here.
If a citizen needs a certified copy of a birth certificate in order to obtain an Election Identification Certificate, that birth certificate can be obtained for free. More information about obtaining a free birth certificate for purposes of obtaining a free Election Identification Certificate is available here.
Texans can remain current on election information by following the Secretary of State on Twitter and Instagram, as well as “liking” the Texas Secretary of State on Facebook.