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.
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.
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.
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.
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.