As America gears to elect its next President, it will be the 58th quadrennial US Presidential election. If you have just become a US citizen, you may want to familiarize yourself with the voting requirements in your state. To vote in the State of Texas, you should be a US citizen, be the age of 18 by election day, be registered to vote in Texas, live at a Texas address, not be serving a sentence (including parole) for a felony conviction, and not be determined by a court to be totally or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

You are required to bring one of the following seven IDs (current): TX driver’s license, TX election ID certificate, TX personal ID card, TX license to carry a handgun, US military identification card with the person’s photograph, US citizenship certificate with the person’s photograph (the photo doesn’t need to be current) or US passport. If you do not possess any of these identification documents, then you will need a sign sworn statement with a reason why you do not have any of the listed IDs and bring one of the following documents: valid voter registration certificate, certified U.S. birth certificate, government check, or paystub or utility bill with your name and address.

If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident, or more popularly known as Green Card holder, you cannot vote until you become a naturalized citizen. Only citizens can vote in federal and most state elections. The right to vote is a privilege which comes exclusively with citizenship. Any non-citizen who tries to vote may face criminal prosecution, in addition to administrative removal.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to begin the naturalization process so you can vote in the next election, please contact our office for more details.