Texas does not have Same Day Registration or Election Day Registration.
Texas voter registration deadlines
Register to vote (online): N/A
Register to vote (by mail): Postmarked by October 5, 2020
Register to vote (in person): Received by October 5, 2020
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 tool.
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
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 October 5, 2020
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
P.O. Box 12060
Austin, TX 78711‐2060
Texas vote by mail guide
Texas vote by mail guide
Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your ballot application. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
Texas vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 23, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 23, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020
Texas vote by mail overview
Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:
Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Texas vote by mail rules
You may get a vote by mail ballot in Texas if:
you are 65 years or older,
you are disabled,
you will be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance, or
you are confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.
Texas vote by mail ID requirements (request)
You do NOT need ID when requesting a ballot.
Texas vote by mail ID requirements (return)
If you return your voted ballot by MAIL, you do NOT need ID when returning a voted ballot. If you return your voted ballot IN PERSON, you will need to show a valid ID. Acceptable forms of ID include:
a Texas Driver License
a Texas state ID card
a Texas Election Identification Card
a Texas handgun license
a US Military ID
a US passport
a US Citizenship Certificate that contains a photo
Note: Voters cannot use a student ID to vote in Texas. If the voter is under 70, they should show a current ID or one that expired within the past 4 years. If they're over 70, an expired photo ID is fine. If the voter does not have an acceptable voter ID, they will be required to sign an affidavit and show an official document that shows their name and Texas address. Acceptable documents include a bank statement, utility bill, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows a name and home address.
Texas vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps: