Voter Registration in Virginia
To exercise your right to vote in the state of Virginia, you must first register to vote. Voter registration is available through several state agencies, as well as online and by mail.
Read below for more information about registering as a voter in Virginia, including eligibility requirements and deadlines.
Like other states, Virginia allows you to register to vote or change your voter registration information at any Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)office location. Registering to vote at the DMV is as easy as filling out the voter information section on the Driver's License and Identification Card Application (Form DL 1P).
You can also register to vote online by using the Department of Elections Virginia Voter Registration website. You'll just need to answer some questions to verify your voting eligibility and provide your name and residence information. See "Voter Eligibility Requirements" below to determine if you're eligible to vote.
Military and overseas voters have special options to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. All the details on what is required, the forms and options are listed on the Department of Elections website.
If you plan to vote in an upcoming election, be sure that you register by the deadline. 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.
In order to register to vote, you must be eligible to vote in the United States. To exercise your right to vote:
- 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 to vote and the registrar will mail you a card telling you where to vote (your polling place) 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 and Identification Card Application (Form DL 1P) or the driver's license/ID card notification form to make these changes at any DMV office. You can also update your information by:
- Sending a letter detailing the changes to your local registrar.
- Completing and mailing the form on the back of your current voter card.
- Using the State Board of Elections online registration portal.
Apply for, renew, replace, or change the information on a driver's license, learner's permit, commercial license, or ID card.
Complete and submit this application to register to vote in Virginia.
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