September 24, 2013
Contact: Alicia Pierce
HOUSTON, TX – Today Texas Secretary of State (SOS) John Steen and Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon announced a partnership between the SOS and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to offer Election Identification Certificates (EIC) at 25 EIC mobile stations that will begin deploying across the state on October 1. The locations of the EIC mobile stations, which will issue EICs only, will be available on www.VoteTexas.gov.
Election Identification Certificates are available free-of-charge to qualified Texas voters who do not already have an approved form of photo ID, which is now required for voting in person.
Texans now have three convenient ways to obtain an EIC:
- By visiting ANY driver license office during regular business hours;
- By visiting one of nearly 50 driver license offices that are now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through November 2nd, specifically to issue EICs only;
- And now, by visiting one of these EIC mobile stations, which will make it even more convenient for eligible Texas voters to obtain an EIC closer to home.
All applicants for an EIC will need to present proof of citizenship and identity.
Many Texans already have an approved form of ID, and will not need or qualify for an EIC.
Acceptable forms of ID in addition to an EIC are:
- Texas driver license issued by DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
- United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States passport
A list of DPS locations open on Saturdays for EICs is available to the public.
For more information about voting in Texas, visit www.VoteTexas.gov.