TEXAS Voter ID Information

Registered Texas voters must show ID at the polls to vote. If you are a registered voter but didn't bring your ID to the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must appear at the county voter registrar's office within six calendar days after the election and produce: acceptable ID; supporting form of ID; or execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration OR qualify for an exemption.

VoteRiders provides information and free, expert assistance to help you with voter ID. We can help with renewing your expired ID, obtaining the documents needed to secure your ID, and covering the cost of getting to and from ID-issuing offices. Call or text VoteRiders’ Voter ID Helpline: 844-338-8743.


Cast a regular ballot if you present:

Photo ID (current or expired up to 4 years, though it can be expired more than 4 years if you are 70 years or older):
  • TX driver’s license
  • TX Election ID Certificate
  • TX Personal ID Card
  • Handgun License
  • Military ID Card
  • US Passport Book or Card
  • US Citizenship Certificate*
If you do not have one of the above, then show:
  • Voter registration certificate, or
  • Certified birth certificate, or
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document including check** or
  • Any other government document showing the voter's name and an address (e.g. an out-of-state license, a government employee ID, etc.)

Complete and sign "Reasonable Impediment Declaration" - an election officer is not permitted to question the reasonableness of your impediment to getting an ID. 

* Citizenship Cert. does not expire

** with voter's name and ANY address



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.


NO! Texas does not accept IDs from other states as voter ID. 


No! Texas does not accept student ID.