Election Identification Certificates Available Now
Pursuant to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued this week, new voting requirements passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 will take effect immediately. Photo identification will now be required when voting in elections in Texas.
On June 26, 2013, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) began issuing Election Identification Certificates (EIC) to individuals who do not already have an acceptable form of photo identification (ID) to present when voting. Applications for the EIC will be accepted at DPS driver license offices across Texas.
If an applicant already has any of the following documents, they are not eligible to receive an EIC: Texas driver license - unexpired or expired less than 60 days; Texas personal identification card - unexpired or expired less than 60 days; U.S. passport book or card - unexpired or expired less than 60 days; Texas concealed handgun license - unexpired or expired less than 60 days; U.S. Military identification with photo - unexpired or expired less than 60 days; U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo.
To qualify for an EIC, applicants must be: A U.S. citizen; A Texas resident; Eligible to vote in Texas (show a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application when applying for the EIC); and 17 years and 10 months or older.
Individuals may apply for an EIC by visiting a Texas driver license office or website and completing an EIC application (DL-14C). The EIC receipt an individual receives will include their photo and can be used for voting until the permanent card is delivered by mail.
The EIC is free of charge to qualifying applicants and is valid for six years. There is no expiration date of an EIC for citizens 70 years of age or older.
The EIC can only be used for the purpose of voting in an election and may not be used as personal identification.
For more information on the requirements, exemptions and process for obtaining an EIC, please visit: http:// www.txdps.state.tx.us/ DriverLicense/electionID.htm.