Texas ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: The governor has postponed the runoff primary election until July 14, 2020 in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Early voting has been extended and will begin June 29, 2020. The Secretary of State has suggested that voters bring their own hand sanitizer to the polls and that they may want to consider voting curbside if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote early by mail?

Any registered Texas voter is eligible to vote absentee if one of the following applies:

  • Voter will be away from their county on Election Day and during early voting hours
  • Voter is sick or has a disability
  • Voter is 65 years of age or older on Election Day
  • Voter is confined in jail, but eligible to vote

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No additional identification is required if you have voted by mail in Texas before. Otherwise, you must submit a photocopy of an acceptable form of photo ID, or supporting form of ID if you complete a "Reasonable Impediment Declaration."

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: May 18, 2020

Hannah Piercey