Voter Registration in VirginiaPage Overview
Like other states, Virginia allows you to register to vote or change your voter registration information at any Department of Motor Vehicles office location.
Registering to vote is as easy as filling out the voter information area on the Driver's License and Identification Card Application (Form DL 1P).
You can also register online with the State Board of Elections Virginia Voter Registration website. Alternatively, you can print the blank Voter Registration Application and mail it to your local registration office.
Virginia voter registration deadlines are as follows:
- General elections: 22 days prior to Election Day.
- Primary elections: 22 days prior to Election Day.
- Special elections: 13 days prior to Election Day.
- Special elections called by the governor: 7 days prior to Election Day.
- You must be a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization.
- You must be a resident of Virginia not claiming a residency in another state.
- You must be 18 years old on or before the date of the next general election.
- You must NOT have been convicted of a felony, unless your rights have been restored by the governor or other authority.
- You must NOT have been judged to be mentally incompetent by a circuit court, unless your rights have been restored by the circuit court.
Once your local registrar approves your application, you will be registered and the registrar will mail you a card telling you where to vote and which election district you are registered in. If you don't receive the card, contact your local registrar.
To check on your application status or for any voting questions, you can call the Virginia State Board of Elections.
If your name or address changes, you should complete a new Virginia voter registration application. You can use the driver's license/ID card application or the driver's license/ID card notification form to make these changes at any DMV office. You can also:
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- Send a letter to your local registrar.
- Use the form on the back of your current voter card.
- Using the State Board of Elections online registration portal.
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