As early voting for the primary election is underway, the Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that Election Identification Certificates, or EIC’s, are available at driver license offices during normal business hours.
The 2014 primary election in Texas is March 4th, with early voting is going on through February 28th.
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–a Texas driver’s license, Texas personal identificaton card, US Passport, Texas concealed handgun license, U-S Military identification with photo, or U-S Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo.
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 urges potential applicants to make sure they have the necessary documentation before arriving at the office.
The EIC receipt an individual receives will include their photo and can be used for voting until the permanent card is delivered by mail.