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Did you know that you can become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar in more than one county?

Texas law allows you to be deputized in as many counties as you’d like – even if you don’t reside or aren’t registered to vote in them. You must, however, reapply in each individual county. Reciprocity makes this easier by transferring your previous training and certification over to a new county so you don’t have to repeat the entire process all over again.

Each county maintains different processes for reciprocity, but they are all fairly simple and straightforward. 

If you’re already a certified VDR in one county, click here to learn more about the process for getting certified in other counties. 

If you’re not yet a certified VDR but want to help people get registered to vote at events or at their doors, you can check with your county’s elections office for info about when the next training is. Or you can do your initial training online with Harris County and then use the reciprocity process to get deputized in your own home county.


When should I visit a county elections office?

Most offices are open from Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 4pm. But check out this list for details about your county or call them before you go to confirm their hours.

What should I bring with me?

You should bring at least one form of ID and a copy of your VDR certification from the county you received your VDR training and certification from.

What kind of ID is acceptable?

You should bring any of the following forms of ID with you:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

What will I be asked to sign?

You can expect to fill out documents much like the ones used during your initial appointment, such as an application form and sworn statement.

Is my reciprocal appointment instant?

Yes, reciprocal appointments are instant. The VDR certification is effective upon being sworn in by a County Voter Registrar.

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