Voter Registration in Texas
NOTE: Voter information and application forms are also available in Spanish.
Normally, voter applications take 30 days to process once they have been received and approved. The 30 days starts on the date the application was postmarked or, if hand-carried, the date of the application's arrival at your local voter registrar's office.
You may register to vote any time after you have reached the age of 17 years and 10 months so that your registration can be processed in time for an election falling on or after you turn 18 years old.
Other voter eligibility requirements include:
- You must be a citizen of the United States.
- You must reside in the county where you are registering.
- You must not be a convicted felon. If you have a felony conviction, you must have completed your sentencing, paid your fines, and completed your parole.
- You must not have been declared mentally incompetent in a court of law.
To register to vote in Texas, you must complete and submit a voter registration application. Postage is paid on official applications.
The official application is available:
- At County Voter Registrars' offices.
- At the Secretary of State's office.
- At libraries, high schools, and many post offices.
You can also get an application by:
- Requesting an official application from the Secretary of State (SOS).
- Downloading an informal application which will require postage to mail.
On the application, you must provide:
- Your TX driver's license number.
- A personal identification number from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
- Your Social Security number.
If you DO NOT have one of these numbers, you will be required to show proof of identification at the polls. The TX SOS website provides a complete list of accepted ID.
After you submit your voter registration application to the County Voter Registrar, you will receive a voter registration certificate in the mail to bring with you to the polls.
Deadline for TX Voter Registration
Applications to vote must be either received or postmarked no later than 30 days prior to the election to be able to vote in that election.
You can register to vote with the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (Form 76) IF you are a Texas resident who is:
- Military personnel or dependent stationed outside of Texas.
- Currently residing overseas.
To vote in Texas, you need to have your voter registration certificate; this will be sent to you. If you move within a county, you must update your address or go back to your old precinct in order to vote. If you move to another county, you'll need to submit a new voter registration application.
For additional information on the details of voting and continuing to vote in Texas, visit the Secretary of State's Texas Voting page.
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