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.
DPS is offering Saturday hours on Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 at select driver license offices to issue EICs. In addition, EIC mobile stations will be deployed to various locations across the state and alternate approved locations are issuing EICs in select counties.
The 2016 election is Nov. 4 , with early voting beginning Oct. 24. The final day to register to vote is Oct. 11.
EICs are available at more than 220 Texas drivers license offices during regular business hours year-round; at mobile stations; and alternate approved locations in select counties.
EICs will be available at the following area locations:
Coke County: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 24-26, Robert Lee Senior Center, 225 County Park Road, Robert Lee
Concho County: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 17-19, City Council chambers, 120 Paint Rock St., Eden
Glasscock County: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 3-5, Glasscock County AgriLife Extension Center, 117 S. Myrl St., Garden City
Mason County: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 10-12, Mason County Museum, 505 Moody St., Mason
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.