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Select driver license offices open Saturdays to issue Election Identification Certificates

The Texas Department of Public Safety, in advance of the upcoming November election, will be offering Saturday hours at select driver license offices to issue Election Identification Certificates. The Texas Department of Public Safety, in advance of the upcoming November election, will be offering Saturday hours at select driver license offices to issue Election Identification Certificates.
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From the Texas Department of Public Safety:

The Texas Department of Public Safety, in advance of the upcoming November election, will be offering Saturday hours at select driver license offices to issue Election Identification Certificates.

Beginning October 11 through November 8,  DPS will also be deploying mobile stations to various locations across Texas in an ongoing effort to ensure Texans have access to EICs. Additionally, alternate approved locations will be issuing EICs in select counties.

The 2014 general election in Texas is November 4, with early voting from October 20-31. The last day to register to vote in the 2014 election is October 6.

Texans can obtain an EIC at:

Any of the more than 220 Texas driver license offices during regular business hours throughout the year Select driver license offices on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (EIC transactions only) EIC mobile station locations (EIC transactions only); locations can be found here. Alternate approved locations issuing only EICs in select counties, which can be found here.

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, unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting, they are not eligible to receive an EIC:

Texas driver license
Texas personal identification card
U.S. passport book or card
Texas concealed handgun license
U.S. Military identification with photo
U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo

To apply for an EIC, applicants must visit one of the locations listed above and complete an application for a Texas Election Identification Certificate (DL-14C). (For the Spanish language version of the EIC application, click here).

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, mobile station or alternate approved location.

The EIC receipt an individual receives will include their photo and can be used for voting until the permanent card is delivered by mail.

The EIC is free of charge to qualifying applicants and is valid for six years. There is no expiration date for an EIC for citizens 70 years of age or older. The EIC 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.
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