Voter Registration in Florida
In Florida, you must register to vote through the Florida Division of Elections to be able to vote on Election Day.
You can also register to vote at a Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) office when you make any driver's license transactions.
Voter Eligibility in Florida
To be able to register to vote in Florida, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be a Florida resident.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- You can pre-register to vote at 16 years old, but you'll need to wait until you're 18 years old to vote.
- Have never been convicted of a felony (unless your civil rights have been restored).
- Have never been legally judged ineligible to vote, for either mental incapacitation or crime.
Register to Vote in Florida
In Florida, you must register at least 29 days before an election to be able to vote. You can register to vote either in person or by mail.
If it is your first time registering, you will need to provide proof of your identity. See the application form for acceptable documents.
You can also take your form in person to:
- A FLHSMV driver's license office.
- A voter registration agency.
- An armed forces recruitment office.
- Any public library.
Once your application is approved, you will be mailed a voter information card.
If you do not receive your card within 2 weeks, or if you have any questions, call your county Supervisor of Elections.
FL Military & Overseas Voter Registration
If you're an active-duty member of the U.S. military, a merchant marine, or U.S. citizen residing overseas, you can also register to vote through the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
Just submit a completed Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (Form 76) to your local Florida election office.
You can use the FPCA to request absentee ballots while you are out of state.
For more information about the Federal Voting Assistance Program, visit the FVAP website.
NOTE: Dependents and spouses of military members can also register to vote using the FPCA.
Florida refers to an “Absentee Ballot" as a “Vote-by-Mail" ballot because, as the name suggest, registered absentee voters can vote by mail.
Refer to the state's section on voting by mail as an absentee voter for more information on the various processes to request a vote-by-mail ballot, the required information, and the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot.
Early Voting Information
Florida allows registered voters to vote early, if they're able to make it to the designated voting site within their counties on the specified dates and times. Early voting is available to all registered voters, and might be a viable option for those who won't be around to vote on Election Day.
Refer to the state's section on early voting for more information on voting locations, dates, and times as well as the documentation required to vote early.
Florida Voter Registration Deadline
In Florida, you must be registered to vote at least 29 days before an election to be able to vote.
You can check your voter registration status online at the Florida Division of Elections website. You will need to enter your:
- First name.
- Last name.
- Date of birth.
Change Your Name, Address, or Party
If you've moved within your current Florida county, you can update your address with your county Supervisor of Elections:
- By phone.
- In person.
- By written notice, using a Florida Voter Registration Application (Form DS-DE 39).
If you've move to a different Florida county, or need to change your name or party affiliation, you must re-submit a completed Florida Voter Registration Application (Form DS-DE 39) to your county Supervisor of Elections.
NOTE: If the information on your application is not true, you can be convicted of a felony and fined up to $5,000 and/or be imprisoned for up to 5 years.
Replace a Lost FL Voter Registration Card
The process for replacing a lost voter registration card is the same as changing your name or address.
Just check the box that says “Card Replacement" on your Florida Voter Registration Application (Form DS-DE 39) and submit the completed form to your county Supervisor of Elections.