Texas DPS to Open Saturdays to Provide Election IDs

Select DPS offices to open Saturdays to provide EICs

Whether you plan to vote early or on Election Day, you'll need identification if you plan to cast a ballot. Those without an ID can obtain a free Election Identification Certificate at select driver's license offices through Saturday, Nov. 8.

To be given a ballot, voters will need to either show one of the following forms of identification: a state-issued driver's license, state-issued identification card, a current U.S. passport, DPS-issued CHLs, Military IDs, a U.S. citizenship certificate that has a photo or an EIC.

The Texas DPS will open select driver's license offices on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for EICs only. Select offices in Dallas, Denton, Tarrant and Collin counties are taking part — click here to see a statewide list. The EICs can also be obtained at any of the state's 220 driver's license offices during regular business hours throughout the year.

The state said most Texas residents already have an acceptable form of photo ID and will not need or qualify for an EIC. To qualify, a person must not have any of the acceptable forms of ID listed above.

To qualify for an EIC, an applicant must meet the following conditions:

  • 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.

Once completed, the EIC receipt an individual receives will include their photo and can be used for voting until the permanent card is delivered by mail.

EICs are valid for six years; those given to citizens over 70 years of age will not expire. Cards are only used for voting and not for identification.

Those with EIC's will still need to register to vote.  To check your status as an active voter, visit the Texas Secretary of State's website here.  

If you are not a registered voter, it's too late to register for this midterm election.

Early voting ends Oct. 31.  Election Day is Nov. 4.

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