Voter Registration in Pennsylvania

Attention: Voter information and identification requirements may change prior to an election. Please check with the Department of State's VotesPA website to make sure you have the most current information.

Voter Registration in Pennsylvania

To participate in Pennsylvania elections, you have to register to vote with the Pennsylvania Department of State. You can also register to vote through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) at any photo license center, as well as other government agencies.

Once you register to vote, you do NOT need to register again unless you need to change your address, name, or party affiliation.

See below for more information about voter eligibility, ways to register to vote, and registration deadlines.

Voter Eligibility in Pennsylvania

To register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must:

  • Have been a U.S. citizen for at least 1 month before the next election.
  • Be 18 years old by the next election.
  • Have been a resident of Pennsylvania and the district you wish to vote in for at least 30 days before the next election.

Check Your Voter Registration Status

To check the status of your voter registration and locate your polling place in Pennsylvania:

Register to Vote in Pennsylvania

To vote in the next election in PA, you must be registered as a voter at least 30 days before the election date.

NOTE: If you are applying to be an absentee voter, your county Board of Elections must receive your application by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election.

In Pennsylvania, you can register to vote by mail or in person. You cannot register to vote by phone.

To register to vote, complete a Pennsylvania Voter Registration Mail Application Form (DSBE-600) and take or mail it to your PA county Board of Elections office.

You can also take the completed form in person to:

  • A government agency office. (Visit the website for a list of agencies.)
  • A PennDOT photo license center when you apply for or renew your PA driver's license.

You can request the form to be sent to you by e-mailing the following information to

  • Full name.
  • Mailing address.
  • The number of forms you need.

NOTE: Once your voter registration office processes your application, you will be sent a voter identification card by mail. If you do not receive your PA voter ID card within 14 days, you should contact your county voter registration office directly.

Military and Overseas Voters

If you are outside of the state with the military or a U.S. citizen living overseas, you can register to vote using the Federal Voting Assistance Program'sVoter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (Form 76).

You can complete the application on the FVAP website, have an application mailed to you, or even request one by e-mailing

Online Voter Registration

You can also register to vote online by visiting the PA voter registration website, while registration is still open.

Change Your Name or Address

If you change your name, address, or party affiliation, you must update your information by resubmitting a Pennsylvania Voter Registration Mail Application Form (DSBE-600). Follow the steps outlined in “Register to Vote in Pennsylvania" above.

If you move to a new county less than 30 days before an election, you must vote at a polling location in the county where you previously lived.

After the election, you must resubmit the Pennsylvania Voter Registration Mail Application Form (DSBE-600) to your new county Board of Elections. Simply check the “Change of Address" box.

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