With upcoming elections, Texans are being reminded by the Texas Department of Public Safety that election identification certificates are available throughout the year at all state drivers license offices. DPS is setting up mobile stations to various locations across the state; and alternate approved locations will be issuing EICs in select counties.
Select driver license offices will be open on Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, both Saturdays, to issue EICs only.
The 2016 primary election is March 1, with early voting from Feb. 16-26. The final day to register to vote is Feb. 1.
EICs are available at more than 220 Texas drivers license offices during regular business hours year-round; at select offices from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 and Feb. 27; at mobile stations; and alternate approved locations in select counties.
For locations, dates and times that EICs will be available in the area, contact:
Coke County district and county clerk – 903-763-2000
Menard County tax assessor-collector -325-396-4523
Irion County tax assessor-collector – 325-835-7771
Sterling County – 325-378-3041
Schleicher County elections administrator 325-853-2302
A press release from DPS said 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 EIC (DL-14C). A Spanish language version of the EIC application is available at dps.texas.gov/internetforms/forms/DL-14CS.pdf.
According to the release, to qualify for an EIC, an applicant must:
- Bring documentation to verify U.S. citizenship and identity
- Be eligible to vote in Texas (Bring a valid voter registration card or submit a voter registration application through the Texas Department of Public Safety)
- Be a Texas resident
- Be 17 years and 10 months or older
To avoid delays or complications, DPS is asking applicants to make sure they have the necessary documentation before arriving at the office, mobile station or alternate approved location. The EIC receipt an individual receives will include their photo and can be used for voting until the permanent card is delivered by mail.
EICs are free to qualifying applicants and valid for six years. There is no expiration date for 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, go to txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/electionID.htm.
For more information on voting in Texas, visit the Secretary of State’s website, votetexas. gov.