How to register to vote in Texas

Keith Dunlap
Keith Dunlap
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Requirements


State law requires you to register 30 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote. An applicant’s spouse, parent, or child (acting as an agent) may complete and sign a Voter Registration Application, provided that the agent is a registered voter, or has applied for voter registration.

You may register to vote if you fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • Are a United States citizen;
  • Are a resident of Bexar County;
  • Are at least 17 years, 10 months of age (To vote, you must be 18).
  • Have not been declared totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction;
  • Not finally convicted of a felony, or, if so convicted must have (1) fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court; or (2) been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote.

How to know if you’re registered to vote

  1. You can fill out a voter registration application online. You will need to print it out and mail it to the voter registrar in your county of residence.
  2. You can also register in person at your county voter registration office. The Bexar County Elections office is located at 1103 S. Frio, Suite 100. If you live in a county other than Bexar, you can find out where to register in person here.
  3. Or, you can request a postage-paid application from your voter registrar by filling out this form
What to do if you lost your voter registration card

If you are registered, but you’ve lost your voter registration card, you can notify your county voter registrar in writing to get a new one.

What ID do you need to vote in Texas?

You won’t need your voter registration card when you vote, but you will need a valid form of identification to vote in Texas.

Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID, bring one to the polling place when you cast your ballot:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS.
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS.
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph.
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph.
  • United States Passport (book or card).

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