Voter ID Requirements
When a voter arrives at a polling location, the voter will be asked to present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID that is current or expired no more than four years. If a voter has not been able to obtain one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID, and has a reasonable impediment or difficulty to obtaining an acceptable form of photo ID, the voter may present a supporting form of ID and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, noting the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo ID, and stating that the voter is the same person on the presented form of supporting form of ID.
Examples of acceptable forms of ID are listed below.
Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS (For more information on the EIC application process click HERE)
Texas personal identification card issued by DPS.
Here is a list of the supporting forms of ID that can be presented if the voter cannot obtain, and has a reasonable impediment or difficulty to obtaining one of the forms of acceptable photo ID:
- 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)
After presenting a supporting form of ID, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.
Visit votetexas.gov for more information.
How to Apply for an Election Identification Card (EIC)
Bastrop DPS Driver License office: 305 Eskew (@ Loop 150), Bastrop, TX 78602
Election Identification Certificate (EIC)
On August 10, 2016, identification requirements for voting in Texas changed. For information regarding required identification for voting in person please visit http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id.
One form of identification that can be used for voting purposes is an Election Identification Certificate (EIC). You may apply for an EIC at no charge. However, if you already have any of the following forms of ID, you are not eligible for an EIC:
- Texas driver license—unexpired
- Texas personal identification card—unexpired
- Concealed Handgun License (CHL) or License to Carry (LTC)—unexpired
- U.S. passport book or card—unexpired
- U.S. Military identification with photo— unexpired
- U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo
Texans can obtain an EIC at:
- Any of the more than 220 Texas driver license offices during regular business hours throughout the year
- EIC mobile station locations (EIC transactions only)
- Alternate approved locations issuing only EICs in select counties
- Saturday locations issuing only EICs (EIC transactions only)
How to Apply
To apply for an EIC, visit a driver license office and complete an Application for Texas Election Certificate (DL-14C) (PDF) | Application for Texas Election Certificate (Spanish) (DL-14CS) (PDF) .
To qualify for an EIC, you must:
- Bring documentation to the office to verify your U.S. Citizenship
- Bring documentation to the office to verify your Identity
- Be eligible to vote in Texas (Bring your valid voter registration card to the office, or submit a voter registration application through the Texas Department of Public Safety at the office)
- Be a Texas resident
- Be 17 years and 10 months or older
The information on the documents, such as name and date of birth, must all match. If the name is different on each document, then the individual must provide documents that verify a legal name change. If other information on the document is different, speak with a Customer Service Representative for assistance.
If you are using a name other than what is on your birth certificate, (example: married name), you will be required to show legal documentation of name change. Documents must be original or certified copy. No photocopies can be accepted.
- Marriage license
- Divorce decree
- Court ordered name change
Fingerprints are not taken and warrant checks are not conducted on persons applying for an EIC.
Expiration and Use
An EIC is valid for six years. There is no expiration date for certificates issued to citizens 70 years of age or older.
Election Identification Certificates may only be used for voting purposes. An EIC will not be accepted to verify identity when applying for a Texas driver license or ID card.
For general information regarding voting in Texas please see www.VoteTexas.gov.