Texas ID requirements for voting by mail

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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

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

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 section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match other signatures on file.

Last update: May 18, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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