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How do I register to Vote?

Registering to vote is a uniform procedure statewide. You must complete a Virginia Voter Registration Application or a National Voter Registration Application. Forms are accepted in person or by mail. You may also download the proper form from the state forms website and mail it in.  You can also register online through the Department of Elections.  Once your application is processed, you will be mailed a voter card which tells you where to vote on election day. For more information on voting, see Where To Vote.

Where do I register to vote?

Voter registration applications are available at:

  • Voter Registration Offices in Virginia
  • Government Agencies in Virginia, including:
  • Post Offices
  • Public Libraries
  • Division of Motor Vehicles locations
  • Social Services

Who can register to vote?

Voter registration requirements:

  • You must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age by election day.
  • If you have been convicted of a felony, your voting rights must be restored and you must provide proof of restoration.
  • You must not be currently judged by a circuit court to be mentally incompetent.

When can I register to vote?

You can register to vote any time of the year, however, to be eligible to vote in the next election, registration must be completed 21 days prior to that election.

Do I have to register by party?

No. Virginia does not have registration by party identification.

Is there a residency requirement for voter registration?

No. There is no residency requirement for voter registration; however, you must be registered at least 21 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election.

Do I have to register for each election?

No. As long as you do not move, your registration qualifies you to vote in all elections held in the precinct where you live.