Voter Registration in WashingtonPage Overview
Like many other U.S. states, Washington allows its driver's license and ID card applicants to register to vote at their local Licensing Services Office (LSO). In this way, the state's Department of Licensing (DOL) helps citizens more easily participate in the democratic process.
Voting is an important part of how our government and nation functions. There is little excuse for not registering to vote in Washington elections when the process is made so simple.
You must meet the following requirements to register to vote in Washington. You must be:
- A resident of Washington.
- A U.S. citizen.
- At least 18 years old by the time of the election.
Registering to vote in Washington is a simple process and you have several options. You can register:
- By mail.
- In person.
NOTE: Washington residents vote by mail. To receive your ballot, you must be registered to vote and be sure that your address is correct. If you want to vote in person, contact your county elections department BEFORE you complete your voter registration.
Online Voter Registration
To register to vote online, you must have:
- A valid, unexpired Washington driver’s license.
- If you don't yet have a WA license, see our page Applying for a New License in Washington.
- A valid, unexpired Washington ID card. See our page, Identification Cards in Washington for more information.
Simply complete the registration process on the Secretary of State MyVote website. You will just need to answer a few qualifying questions and provide some information about yourself.
Register In Person or By Mail
You can register to vote in person at the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL).
Alternatively, you can:
- Print or get a copy of the Washington State Voter Registration Form.
- The form is also available from your county election office.
- Submit the form to your county election department by mail or in person.
Voter registration deadlines vary by how you register and where you are located. The deadline is:
- The Monday 4 weeks before election day, if you are registering by mail or online.
- The Monday 1 week before election day to register, if you are registering in person.
- Election day itself, if you are on military duty outside of Washington or if you live overseas.
If you usually live in Washington but you are outside of the state on military duty, living overseas, or attending college, you have several options to register to vote.
Military and Overseas Voters
If you are serving in the military, are a military spouse or dependent, or you are a U.S. citizen who lives overseas, you can register to vote:
- On the Secretary of State MyVote website.
- You MUST have a valid Washington state driver’s license or ID card.
- By mailing the Washington State Voter Registration Form to your home county’s elections department.
- By completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
Be sure that you:
- Indicate on your form that you are in the military, if applicable.
- Use your last Washington county of residence when registering.
Your ballot will be mailed to you and you may be eligible to vote up to 90 days before an election.
You can register and request a ballot up to and including election day.
If you are a Washington resident attending college outside of the state, you can register to vote online or by mail. See the section “Register to Vote in Washington” above.
Be sure to include your correct mailing address since your ballot will be mailed to you.
If you move, it is important that you update your voter registration before you attempt to vote.
- If you are moving to a new county you will need to re-register using one of the methods explained in "Register to Vote in Washington," above.
- If you are moving within the same county, you can either re-register to vote or just contact your county elections office.