Voter ID and Register to Vote

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Texas Voter ID

On August 10, 2016, a federal district court entered an order changing the voter identification requirements for all elections held in Texas after August 10, 2016 until further notice. As a result, voters who have obtained an acceptable form of photo identification for voting listed below are still required to present it in order to vote in person in all Texas elections. The acceptable form of photo identification may be expired up to four years.

Voters who have not been able to obtain one of the forms of acceptable photo identification listed below, and have a reasonable impediment or difficulty to obtaining such identification, may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, noting the voter's reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification, and stating that the voter is the same person on the presented supporting form of identification. 

Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:

  1. Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  2. Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  3. Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  4. Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  5. United States military identification card containing the person's photograph
  6. United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph
  7. United States passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 4-years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

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Have you registered to vote?

You must be registered to vote in the city in which you currently reside and you must be registered 30 days prior to any election in which you wish to vote. To verify your voting status, visit Tarrant County Elections' Voter Lookup.

Register to Vote

After you submit your voter registration application, a voter registration certificate (your proof of registration) will be mailed to you within 30 days.

Eligibility for Registration

You are eligible to register to vote if:
  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old on the date your voter registration application is submitted, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day.
  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
  • You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Have you moved within Tarrant County?

If you have moved from one place to another in the same county and wish to vote, you must change your address or notify the Tarrant County Elections Administrator. Change of address options are listed below:

  • Correct your current voter registration certificate (on the back) and return it to Tarrant County Elections, 2700 Premier Street, Ft. Worth, TX 76111
  • Fill out a new voter registration application form and check the “change” box
  • When you apply for or change your Texas driver’s license, change your voter information at the same time
  • You can change your information online at the Secretary of State’s Voter Registration Name / Address Change website

The changes you make will be forwarded to the county voter registrar for processing. You will be mailed a new certificate with your new address and be able to vote in your new precinct 30 days after you submitted your change. If you miss the 30-day deadline to change information on your voter registration certificate, you may vote in your former precinct if you still reside in the political subdivision conducting the election.