Voter Registration in Virginia
Like other states, Virginia allows you to register to vote or change your voter registration information at any Department of Motor Vehicles office.
Registering to vote is as easy as filling out the voter information area on the driver's license/ID card application form, DL1M. (This form is not available online, but you can have one mailed to you.) You must give full and complete information on the form, and sign it on the front.
To vote in a general or primary election, you must be registered 29 days before the election. To vote in a special election, the deadline is 13 days before the election. For a special election called by the governor, you must be registered seven days before the election in order to vote in it.
- 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.
There are several other places to get a voter registration applicaton besides the DMV, including public libraries and your local Voter Registration Office.
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