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DPS to issue photo election certificates for voting

By Victoria Advocate
Oct. 23, 2013 at 5:23 a.m.
Updated Oct. 24, 2013 at 5:24 a.m.


The Texas Department of Public Safety, in coordination with the Victoria County Elections Office, will offer registered voters without photo identification the new Texas Election Identification Certificate at four sites in Victoria.

Texas now requires voters during early voting in person or on Election Day to present approved photo identification, according to a news release from the Victoria County Elections Office.

The certificate is on the list of approved photo ids.

The four sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Monday at

Victoria County Courthouse, first floor hallway, 115 N. Bridge St.

Victoria Mall common area, center court, 7800 N. Navarro St.

Victoria ISD Fine Arts Center Annex, first classroom, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, Classroom B, 2805 N. Navarro St.

To qualify for the free election identification certificate, an applicant must bring proof they are a U.S. citizen, a Texas resident, a registered voter and at least 17 years, 10 months old.

The certificate is free.

To avoid delays or complications, DPS urges potential applicants to make sure they have the necessary documentation before arriving at the office or mobile station.

Most Texans already have an acceptable form of photo identification needed for voting and will not need or qualify for an election identification certificate. If an applicant already has any of the following documents, they are not eligible to receive an election identification certificate:

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

Texas concealed handgun license - 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

U.S. Military identification with photo - unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting

U.S. Citizenship Certificate with photo

The election identification certificate receipt a person receives will include their photo and can be used for voting until the permanent card is delivered by mail. The certificate is valid for six years. There is no expiration date for a certificate for people 70 years of age or older.

The certificate can only be used for the purpose of voting in an election and may not be used as personal identification.

For more information on voting in Texas, visit the Secretary of State's website:votetexas.gov.

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