Election Identification Certificate (EIC)
AUSTIN, June 26, 2013 - Texas voters must show a photo ID to vote in elections in Texas, unless you are exempt (see “Exemptions” below).
However, if you already have any of the following forms of ID, you are not eligible for an EIC:
If you are voting by mail, you do not have to submit a photo ID.
If you have a documented disability, you may apply at your county voter registrar for a permanent exemption from the photo ID requirement. If approved, you will not need a photo ID to vote.
To qualify for an EIC, you must be:
How to Apply
To apply for an EIC, visit a driver license office and complete an Application for Texas Election Certificate (DL-14C). Please bring documentation with you to verify your:
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 to vote and do not replace a Texas driver license or ID card. In addition, an EIC will not be accepted to verify identity when applying for a Texas driver license or ID card.
The Texas Election Code 63.001(b) requires a photo ID in order to vote in Texas. The Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 521A and 37 Texas Administration Code, Sections 15.181-185, authorizes DPS to issue Election Identification Certificates.
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