Election ID certificates now available at driver license offices

(Chris Nelson/KXAN)
(Chris Nelson/KXAN)
AUSTIN (KXAN) – As early voting for the primary election begins Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans that Election Identification Certificates (EICs) are available at driver license offices for those who do not already have an acceptable form of photo identification. 
Texans can obtain an EIC at:
  • Any Texas driver license office during regular business hours
  • Select driver license offices Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • DPS EIC mobile station locations, available in select counties.
  • Select county locations issuing EICs at local level
To apply for an EIC, visit one of the locations listed above and complete an application for a Texas Election Identification Certificate (DL-14C).
 If an applicant already has any of the following documents (unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting) they are not eligible to receive an EIC:
  •  Texas driver license
  • Texas personal identification card
  • U.S. passport book or card
  • Texas concealed handgun license
  • U.S. Military identification with photo
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo

To qualify for an EIC, an applicant must:

  • Bring documentation to verify U.S. citizenship and identity
  • Be eligible to vote in the state of Texas. (Bring valid voter registration card or submit voter registration application through the Texas DPS)  
  • Be a Texas resident
  • Be 17 years and 10 months or older

DPS urges all applicants to make sure they have the necessary documentation before arriving at the office. 

The EIC can only be used for the purpose of voting in an election, and may not be used as a personal form of identification. There is no charge to qualifying applicants. EICs are valid for six years, and do not expire for citizens 70 years or older.

Early voting starts Tuesday and runs through February 28th. The 2014 primary election in Texas is March 4th.
 
For more information on obtaining an EIC, please visit:
 
For more information on voting in Texas, visit the Secretary of State’s website:
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