Register to Vote and Confirm or Change Registration

Find voter eligibility requirements. Learn how to register to vote and how to check or update your registration. Register online now!

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Register to Vote

If you need to register to vote, visit Vote.USA.gov. Depending on your state’s voter registration rules, the site can help you:

  • Register online. This is available for 31 states plus the District of Columbia.
  • 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.

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Register to Vote in Person

You may be able to register to vote at public facilities. Check with your state or territory election office before heading to any of these locations:

Overseas Voters

If you are outside the U.S., you can get information online from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) or call an international FVAP hotline.

Register to Vote in Other Languages

The National Mail Voter Registration Form, which you must print, complete, sign, and mail to the location listed for your state, is available in Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. 

Voter's guides, which include information on registering to vote, are available in Cherokee, Dakota, Navajo, and Yupik, as well as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

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Voter Registration Requirements and Deadlines

Basic Requirements

You are eligible to vote in U.S. federal elections if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You meet your state’s residency requirements.
  • You are 18 years old. Some states allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries and/or register to vote if they will be 18 before the general election.

Voter Registration Deadlines

In all states except North Dakota, you must register before you can vote. Registration deadlines vary. Some states close registration 30 days before the election, while others allow voters to register up to and on Election Day.

Primaries and Caucuses

General Election

Other Requirements

Many states have additional requirements:

  • Most states require some form of voter identification to be presented at the polls before you can cast your vote.
  • Many states require ex-felons to wait a certain time period or apply to have their voting rights restored.
  • Visit your state or local election office website to check all requirements for your state.

Voter Registration Checklist

The Election Assistance Commission’s voter resources page provides a quick checklist to help ensure you meet your state’s voting requirements and have a seamless experience on Election Day.

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Check or Update Your Voter Registration

It’s important to check and update your voter registration information before an election.

  • If your name or address has changed, you are required to update it.
  • If you want to participate in a Presidential primary, caucus or national convention, you may need to register with the political party of your choice.

The name and address you are registered under must match the voter ID card or document you plan to use at the polls. Voter ID requirements vary by state. Allow enough time to update your registration and obtain a new voter ID if necessary.

Voter Registration is by State

  • You must be registered in your state of legal residence. If you’ve changed states permanently, you must re-register in your new state.

    • You can’t be registered to vote in more than one place at a time. When you register to vote in a new location, you’ll be asked for your previous address. Your new election office will send a cancellation form to your previous election office.

  • If you’ll be temporarily away from home during the election, you can vote by absentee ballot with your state of legal residence. Examples of voters who’ve moved or are away temporarily include:

    • Military members stationed outside of their state of legal residence
    • Students attending college out of state
    • People on vacation or business trips

Check Your Registration Status and Information

If you don’t have your voter registration card, there are several other ways to make sure you’re registered and your information is accurate.

  • If you’ve recently submitted a voter registration application, you should receive a voter registration card within a few weeks. If there’s a problem with your application, you will be notified. If you don’t receive any response, check with your state or local election office.
  • If your state has online voter registration, you can usually check your registration status and information online.
  • Your state may have other ways to check. Contact your state or local election office to find out.

Political Party Affiliation

If you’re checking to see which political party you’re registered with, keep in mind that you may not be registered with any political party. This could be because:

  • Your state doesn’t accept party affiliations.
  • You didn’t indicate a party preference when you registered to vote.
    • You can register to vote and participate in general elections and nonpartisan primary elections without ever choosing a party affiliation.

To find out if you must register with a party to participate in Presidential primaries, caucuses, and national conventions, see item 7 of your state’s instructions in the National Mail Voter Registration Form.

Update Your Information

  • You can usually update your name, address, or political party online if your state has online voter registration.
  • In most cases, you can use the National Mail Voter Registration Form to update your name, address, or political party. A few states and territories require you to use their state or territory form.
  • Some states let you report a change of name or address by phone.
  • Check with your state or territory election office for procedures in your area.

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