Election Identification Certificates Available at Driver License Offices

AUSTIN, September 16, 2014 – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans in advance of the upcoming November election that Election Identification Certificates (EIC) are available year-round at all Texas driver license offices for individuals in need of proper identification required to vote in elections in Texas. Additional locations to apply for an EIC will be announced in the near future.

The 2014 general election in Texas is November 4, with early voting from Oct. 20 - 31. The last day to register to vote in the 2014 election is Monday, Oct. 6.

Most residents already have an acceptable form of photo identification needed for voting and will not need or qualify for an EIC. If an applicant already has any of the following documents, they are not eligible to receive an EIC:

Texas driver license – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
Texas personal identification card – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
U.S. passport book or card – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
Texas concealed handgun license – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
U.S. Military identification with photo – unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo

To apply for an EIC, applicants may visit a driver license office and complete an Application for Texas Election Certificate (DL-14C). (For the Spanish language version of the EIC application, see http://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/forms/DL-14CS.pdf)

To qualify for an EIC, an applicant must:

Bring documentation to verify U.S. citizenship and Identity
Be eligible to vote in Texas (Bring a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application through the Texas Department of Public Safety)
Be a Texas resident
Be 17 years and 10 months or older
To avoid delays or complications, DPS urges potential applicants to make sure they have the necessary documentation before arriving at the office.

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