Voter Registration in Iowa

Voter Registration in Iowa

To participate in Iowa elections, you must register to vote with the Iowa Secretary of State.

You can also submit your voter registration to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) at the Office of Driver Services.

Voter Eligibility in Iowa

To be eligible to vote in Iowa, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a resident of Iowa.
  • Be at least 17 ½ years old.
    • You must be at least 18 years old by the election date to be able to vote.
  • NOT be convicted of a felony (unless your voting rights have been reinstated).
  • NOT be registered to vote in any other state.

Check Your Voter Registration Status

If you’re unsure whether you’re registered to vote in IA, you can check the status of your voter registration by visiting the Iowa Secretary of State website.

You will need to provide your:

  • First name.
  • Last name.
  • Zip code.

You can also find your polling place (primary and general elections only) online.

Register to Vote in Iowa

In Iowa, you can pre-register to vote or register on Election Day at the polling booth.

Pre-Register to Vote

You must pre-register to vote at least 10 days before the primary and general elections, and at least 11 days before all other elections.

You can register to vote by mail or in person. Just mail or take a completed State of Iowa Official Voter Registration Form to your county auditor or IA DMV office.

NOTE: If you’re unable to submit your voter registration before the deadline, you may be eligible to register on Election Day. See “Election Day Registration” below for more information.

You will be mailed an IA voter registration card within 2 weeks.

NOTE: If you lose your voter registration card, you can request a new card by contacting your local county auditor.

Election Day Registration

To register to vote on Election Day, you’ll need to visit the polling place in your precinct and show:

  • Proof of your identity, such as your:
    • Iowa ID card or driver’s license.
    • U.S. passport.
    • U.S. military ID.
  • Proof of your IA residency, such as your:
    • Utility bill.
    • Paycheck.
    • Lease agreement.

Iowa Military and Overseas Voters

If you’re currently on active military duty or living overseas, you can register to vote in Iowa through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).

Just complete the Federal Postcard Application, and return it to your local Iowa election office or e-mail it to

You will automatically receive absentee ballots in the mail for all Federal elections held in the calendar year that you apply. You can also request absentee ballots for other elections held in Iowa during the year.

NOTE: If you are the spouse or dependent of an active-duty military member, you can also register to vote through the FVAP.

Change Your Voter Name or Address

To update your name, address, or party affiliation on your Iowa voter registration, you must resubmit the State of Iowa Official Voter Registration Form to the office of your county auditor.

NOTE: If you move within your county, you can notify your polling place on Election Day. Be prepared to show a form of identification with your name and address, such as your:

  • Valid photo ID.
  • Utility bill.
  • Bank statement.
  • Pay check.

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