The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans in advance of the upcoming Primary 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. DPS will be deploying mobile stations to various locations across Texas; and alternate approved locations will be issuing EICs in select counties. Additionally, select driver license offices will be open on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, to issue EICs only.
The 2016 Primary Election is March 1, with early voting from Feb. 16-26. The last day to register to vote is Feb. 1.
Texans can obtain an EIC at:
Any of the more than 220 Texas driver license offices during regular business hours throughout the year Select driver license offices on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (EIC transactions only)
EIC mobile station locations (EIC transactions only)
Alternate approved locations issuing only EICs in select counties
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 must visit one of the locations listed above and complete an application for a Texas Election Identification Certificate (DL-14C). (For the Spanish language version of the EIC application, see http://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/forms/DL-14CS.pdf).