Download the National Mail Voter Registration Form. You can fill it out onscreen and print the completed form, or print the blank form and fill it out by hand. Remember to sign the form before mailing it to the location listed for your state.
Find guidance for states and territories with different registration procedures.
Spouse or eligible family member of a service member stationed overseas
Confirm That You’re Registered to Vote
To confirm that you are registered to vote in the upcoming election, check your voter registration status. You’ll be able to find out what political party you’re registered with and verify your polling location.
How to Check Your Voter Registration Information
Choose one of the following:
Visit Can I Vote and select Voter Registration Status.
Check your registration information before your state’s deadline to register to vote. That could be up to 30 days before the election. If you have to re-register or make any changes, you will have time to get it done.
Do You Need to Re-Register to Vote?
If your name and address have not changed and you’re an active voter, you should not have to re-register to vote or update your voter registration.
Why You Should Check Your Registration Information
Each state has different ways to keep voter registration lists up-to-date. Most purge, or delete, the names of inactive voters. If you go to vote and find your registration has been purged, you may have to cast a provisional ballot.
Checking ahead of time to be sure you are still registered to vote and making any needed changes ensures:
Your name, address, and party affiliation information are up-to-date
Your state didn't purge your registration from its list of eligible voters. If it did, you have time to re-register to vote.
You are able to vote
You’re voting at the correct polling place
Change Your Voter Registration
If you’ve moved, changed your name, or want to update your political party affiliation, you need to update your voter registration. Submit your changes before your state’s deadline to register to vote. That could be up to 30 days before the election.
If you're getting ready to vote for the first time, this short video can help. It goes over the basic requirements for voting in the U.S., and explains why it's important to know your state's specific rules for voting.
Are you ready to vote for the first time? If you’re a U.S. citizen, meet your state’s requirements, and will be 18 by Election Day, you can vote.
But first, you need to register before your state’s deadline. Check with your local election office. You can register there or you may be able to register online, at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or using the National Mail Voter Registration Form.
Your election office may send you a voter registration card listing your polling place. On Election Day, that’s where you’ll go. When you get there, you may need to show an ID to vote. Then, fill out your ballot. If you don’t know how, ask a poll worker. If you know you won’t be able to get there on Election Day, you may qualify to vote by mail.
Remember, voting rules are different in every state. Learn more about voting at USA.gov/voting
Voter Registration Deadlines
Every state except North Dakota requires citizens to register if they want to become voters. Depending on your state, the registration deadline could be as much as a month before an election.
If you have already registered to vote, you may want to check your registration to make sure it is up-to-date. This short video will explain why it is important to check and how easy it is to do.
Is your voter registration up-to-date? Even if you voted before, from time to time, states and local election offices purge their voter registration lists. They delete people who have moved or who haven’t voted in a long time. And sometimes there’s just an error.
That’s why it’s a good idea to check your registration now to make sure you can vote on Election Day.
Start by finding your local election office at usa.gov/election-office. You may be able to check your registration
Online By phone By mail or In-person
When you’re reviewing your voter registration, here’s what to look for:
Your name is correct and still on the voter list Your address and party affiliation are up-to-date and You’re going to the correct polling place
If you can’t find your name on the voter list or your information is wrong, contact your election office right away to correct the error.
Did you recently move or change your name? Depending on where you live, you’ll need to update your registration or re-register. Ask your election office. Sometimes just moving a few blocks away can actually change your polling place.
And check your registration if you have not voted in the past couple of elections or you didn’t mail back a postcard from your election office. They might consider you inactive and purge your name from the voter registration list. Don’t wait until Election Day to discover you can’t vote. Check your registration now. And learn more about voting at USA.gov/voting.
Who Can and Who Can’t Vote
You must be a U.S. citizen to vote in federal, state or local elections.