Mobile election ID stations now open

Those with valid photo IDs are not eligible for election identification cards

As of Tuesday, voters can now go to a mobile station to get election identification certificates.

Under a new law, voters who don't have a legal photo ID will need the document in order to vote during the Nov. 5 election.

Officials with the Department of Public Safety believe there may still be public confusion about the requirements.

They say most of their inquiries are from people who already have valid photo IDs and are therefore not eligible for election identification cards.

The documents needed in order to get a voter ID card are the same as the documents needed to get a legal state ID. 

The difference is, election ID cards are not considered legal identification for anything except voting.

Also, election ID cards are free, whereas a state ID costs $16.

DPS officials say those who already have legal IDs need to be sure the name exactly matches what is on the voter registration card.

According to DPS, about 48 percent of voters have names that don't match.

Early voting begins Oct. 25, so voters have limited time to remedy any issues.

For more information about mobile ID stations and photo ID requirements, visit www.votetexas.gov.

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