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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Complete the form online, or submit a request to have one sent to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Respond Yes or No to whether you’re a citizen

Step 2 · Indicate whether you’re filling out a new application, changing your address or name, or requesting a replacement voter registration card

Step 3 · Provide your name, date of birth, and your Texas Driver’s License or ID card number. If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

  • If you don’t have any of these, check the appropriate box

Step 4 · (Optional) Provide your phone number and gender

Step 5 · Provide your address

Step 6 · Provide your mailing address, if different from Step 5

Step 7 · Print the form if you’re using the online application

Step 8 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the form.

Mail the form by Oct 11 to your county voter registrar’s office


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Voter registration forms are available at your county voter registrar’s office or at other locations such as libraries, government offices, or high schools.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Respond Yes or No to whether you’re a citizen

Step 2 · Indicate whether you’re filling out a new application, changing your address or name, or requesting a replacement voter registration card

Step 3 · Provide your name, date of birth, and your Texas Driver’s License or ID card number. If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

  • If you don’t have any of these, check the appropriate box

Step 4 · (Optional) Provide your phone number and gender

Step 5 · Provide your address

Step 6 · Provide your mailing address, if different from Step 5

Step 7 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Return the form by Oct 11 to your county voter registrar’s office


Check if you’re registered to vote

teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 17 years and 10 months to register, and be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8, to vote
  • Live at a Texas address
  • Not serving a sentence (including probation or parole) for a felony conviction
  • Not currently judged incompetent by a court
Mail
October 11

In Person
October 11

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 24–Nov 4

Bring an accepted ID


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID.


Who can vote early

All registered Texas voters are eligible to vote early in person.

Who can vote by mail

If you’re registered to vote and one of the following applies to you, you can vote by mail ballot:

  • You’ll be away from your county during the early voting period and on Election Day
  • You’re 65 years of age or older on Election Day
  • You have a sickness or physical disability
  • You’re confined in jail but are eligible to vote


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the form, or request a ballot online.

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Provide your name

Step 2 · Provide your address

Step 3 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed (if different from Step 2)

Step 4 · (Optional) Provide your birthday

Step 5 · Select the reason you’re eligible to vote by mail

Step 6 · Provide additional information about the reason you’re eligible to vote by mail, if applicable

Step 7 · Provide additional information about the address where your ballot will be sent, if applicable

Step 8 · Provide the dates you’ll be away from home for voting purposes, if applicable

Step 9 · (Optional) Provide your phone number and email address

Step 10 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the application

Submit your request by mailing, faxing or scanning and e-mailing the form to your Early Voting Clerk so it’s received by Oct 28.


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill it out
  • Mail your absentee mail-in ballot to your Early Voting Clerk so it’s received by 7 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot through your county on sos.state.tx.us
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Oct 24–Nov 4

Bring an accepted ID

 
Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Texas. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a Texas address
  • Not be serving a sentence (including parole) for a felony conviction
  • Not have been determined by a court to be (1) totally mentally incapacitated; or (2) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote

In person ID requirements

Bring one of the following. The ID must be current, or be expired for less than 4 years:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Department of Public Safety
  • Texas election ID certificate
  • Texas personal ID card
  • Texas license to carry a handgun
  • US military ID card with your photograph
  • US citizenship certificate containing your photograph (doesn’t need to be current)
  • US passport

If you don’t have any of these, you’ll need to (1) sign a sworn statement that there is a reason why you don’t have any of the IDs listed above, and (2) bring one of the following:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Current utility bill
  • Government check
  • Paystub or bank statement that includes your name and address
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Texas Driver License issued by Texas DPS
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS
  • U.S. Military ID card containing your photograph
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing your photograph
  • U.S. Passport
  • Texas Driver License issued by Texas DPS
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS
  • U.S. Military ID card containing your photograph
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing your photograph
  • U.S. Passport

(All documents except the U.S. citizenship certificate must be current or no more than 60 days expired.)NOTE: If you are disabled, in the military, or living overseas, you are NOT required to include a copy of your identification. However, you must complete and return a special form to that effect, which your Texas County Elections Office should mail to you.