DPS: How to obtain an election identification certificate

Election identification certificates are available at all Texas driver's license offices for people in need of proper identification required to vote in elections in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The 2014 primary election in Texas is March 4, with early voting from Feb. 18-28.

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the 2014 primary elections.

Most people already have an acceptable form of photo identification needed for voting and will not need or qualify for an election identification certificate, officials said in a news release.

If a person already has any of the following documents, he or she is not eligible to receive an election identification certificate:

Texas driver's license - unexpired or expired less than 60 days at the time of voting

Texas personal identification card - unexpired or expired less than 60 days at the time of voting

U.S. passport book or card - unexpired or expired less than 60 days at the time of voting

Texas concealed handgun license - unexpired or expired less than 60 days at the time of voting

U.S. military identification with photo - unexpired or expired less than 60 days at the time of voting

U.S. citizenship certificate or certificate of naturalization with photo

To qualify for an election identification certificate, 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

The election identification certificate receipt a person receives will include their photo and can be used for voting until the permanent card is delivered by mail.

The election identification certificate is free and valid for six years. There is no expiration date for an election identification certificate for citizens 70 years of age or older. It can only be used to vote in an election.

For more information on the requirements, exemptions and process, visit VictoriaAdvocate.com and click on the link provided.

For more information on voting in Texas, visit the Secretary of State's website at votetexas.gov.