Texas voter registration guide
Texas voter registration deadlines
- Register to vote (online): 30 days before Election Day
- Register to vote (by mail): Postmarked by 30 days before Election Day
- Register to vote (in person): 30 days before Election Day
Check your Texas voter registration status
- If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your Texas registration using the Texas voter registration lookup site.
- If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.
Texas voter registration rules
To register in Texas you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of the county in which the application for registration is made
- be 17 years and 10 months old (you must be 18 to vote)
- not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have been convicted of a felony, you must have fully discharged your punishment, including any incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or be pardoned
- have not been declared mentally incompetent by final judgment of a court of law
How to register to vote online in Texas
You can register to vote online if you are not a first-time voter in Texas. If you have never registered to vote in Texas before, please choose to register by mail.
- If you are already registered to vote in Texas and need to update your name, home address, or political party, you can complete this process online. You will need a Texas driver's license or state ID card and your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID).
- You can find your VUID by visiting the Texas SOS My Voter Portal.
- Use the "Am I registered" tool on the right side of the screen.
- Choose "Name, County, Date of Birth" as the selection criteria.
- Visit the Texas online voter registration site.
- Fill out all the required fields.
- You will be registered to vote as soon as you finish the workflow.
- You should receive your voter registration card in the mail within 2-3 weeks. If not, you might want to follow up with your local election office.
- The deadline to register to vote online is 30 days before Election Day.
How to register to vote by-mail in Texas
- Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 - ID Number: Enter your TX driver’s license number. If you do not have a driver’s license, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you have neither, please write “NONE” on the form.
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: You do not need to register with a party to take part in that party’s primary election, caucus, or convention.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
- Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
- Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
- Your voter registration form must be postmarked by 30 days before Election Day.
How to register to vote in-person in Texas
- Contact your local election office to find where to register to vote in person.
- Bring your Texas driver's license or state ID card with you. If you don't have one, bring ONE photo ID that shows your name, and ONE document that shows your name and Texas address. Acceptable documents include a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and address.
Same day voter registration in Texas
Registering to vote in Texas with a felony conviction
Voting rights are restored upon completion of prison, parole, and probation.
- You cannot vote while incarcerated.
- You cannot vote while on parole.
- You cannot vote while on probation.
- You can vote upon completion of your sentence.
- Financial obligations:
- parole fees
- probation fees
- Please visit Restore Your Vote for additional information.
Local election office
Contact your local election office if you have questions.
Statewide election office
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Texas elections. You can contact them with questions, but your local election office will probably respond faster.
Office of the Secretary of State Elections Division P.O. Box 12060 Austin, TX 78711‐2060