Voter Registration in West Virginia
Register to Vote in West Virginia
In the Mountain State, you can register to vote at your local West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office when you apply for a driver's license, in person at the Secretary of State (SOS) or a county clerk's office, or by mail to your local county clerk's office.
Before you head out to register, make sure you are eligible to vote in West Virginia first. You must:
- Be a United States citizen AND reside in West Virginia.
- Not be deemed "mentally incompetent" by the court.
- Not be currently convicted for a felony (including for treason and election bribery), on probation, or on parole.
- You must be 18 years old or older before the general election or special election.
The voter registration process with the WV DMV is simple.
- Apply in person at your local West Virginia DMV office or county clerk office.
- Fill out the West Virginia Voter Registration Application (Form R-3) and mail it to your local county clerk's office.
Note that your handwritten signature must be in the signature box.
In West Virginia, you must register 21 days before the date of the election for which you intend to vote.
If you legally change your name or move within the same county in West Virginia, you may update your registration information one of the following ways:
- Visit any registration office, including your local WV
DMV office or county clerk.
- Submit a mail-in West Virginia Voter Registration Application (Form R-3) to your county clerk.
- If you're still within the same precinct, update your information at your local polling place.
- If you're no longer in the same precinct, update your information at your new polling place.
If you move to another county, you must go through the registration process again for that county.
If you are a permanent resident of West Virginia but you are outside of the state on military duty, as a military dependent, living overseas, or attending college, you can still register to vote in WV.
Military and Overseas Voters
If you are a member of the military or a military dependent stationed outside of West Virginia, you have two options when it comes to registering to vote.
- The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), which will allow you to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the same time.
- The West Virginia Voter Registration Application (Form R-3), which you can mail to your County Clerk .
- You’ll also have to request a ballot using the West Virginia Absentee Ballot Application for UOCAVA Voters (Form AU1).
If you are a West Virginian living overseas, you have the same registrations options as a member of the military. Please see the information above for instructions.
If you are a student who is studying outside of your typical state of residence, you have the choice of registering to vote:
- In the state where you study.
- In the state where you live when not at school.
If you are registering to vote in West Virginia, you will need to:
- Download the West Virginia Voter Registration Application (Form R-3).
- Fill out the form and mail it to your county clerk in WV.
NOTE: If you are a West Virginian attending school in another state, be sure to request an absentee ballot if you will not be at your permanent address at the time of the election.