Voter Registration in Alabama

Attention:In this election year state voter information and requirements may change. Please check with the state's Secretary of State website to receive the most current information on upcoming elections and voter identification requirements.

Voter Registration in Alabama

To participate in Alabama elections, you have to register to vote with the Alabama Board of Registrars. You can also register to vote through the Alabama Driver License Department (DLD) of the AL Department of Public Safety.

All Alabama voters must present photo identification at the polling booth in order to vote in Alabama, such as a valid:

  • Alabama driver's license or non-driver ID card.
  • Alabama Photo Voter ID.
  • A state issued ID (can be from any state)
  • U.S. passport.
  • Student/employee ID card issued by a public or private university.
  • Government ID card.
  • U.S. military ID card.
  • Tribal ID card.

If voting by absentee ballot, you must enclose a copy of your valid photo identification. You can apply for a free voter ID if you do not have one.

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Voter Eligibility in Alabama

To be eligible to vote in Alabama, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be an Alabama resident.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • NOT been convicted of a disqualifying felony.*
  • NOT be declared "mentally incompetent" by a court.

You can view your voter registration status and locate your polling place on the Alabama Secretary of State website.
*Note: Check with your state agency to find out if you are eligible to restore your voting rights.

How to Register to Vote in Alabama

Alabama voter registration closes 14 days before each election.

In Alabama, you can register to vote:

  • Online.
  • In person.
  • By mail.

NOTE: If you will be out of state on the date of an election, make sure you register as an absentee voter.

Register to Vote Online in Alabama

To register online, you must have a valid Alabama driver's license or identification card; otherwise, you will need to apply by mail or in person (see above).

Registering to vote online is simple. Just visit the state's Electronic Voter Registration Application and follow the prompts as you complete the online form.

Remember, you aren't registered until your application has been reviewed and approved. You can check your voter registration status online.

In Person or By Mail

To register to vote in person, you will need a completed State of Alabama Mail-In Voter Registration Form (Form NVRA-2). You can have the form mailed to you by filling out the online form request or by calling (800) 274-8683.

Return your form:

  • In person or by mail to your local AL county office of Board of Registrars.
  • In person to an AL DMV driver licensing office when you apply for or renew your driver's license or ID card.
  • In person at any other government agency, such as:
    • Medicaid agencies.
    • Department of Human Resources.
    • County public library.

You may visit the AL Secretary of State website for a complete list of government agencies where you can register to vote.

NOTE: Once your application is processed, you will be sent a voter identification card by mail.

Military & Overseas Alabama Voters

If you're an active duty military member stationed out of state, or you are a U.S. citizen residing overseas, you can register to vote by mail.

Visit the Alabama Secretary of State website and enter your information to generate a registration form. Print, sign, and mail your form to the election office specified on the form. Make sure your ballot will arrive or be postmarked before the cut-off date.

You will be automatically registered as an absentee voter for the period you are out of state.

You also have the option of completing a Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (Form 76) and submitting it to your local county office.

NOTE: You can also use register to vote using these methods if you are the spouse or dependent of an active duty military member.

Change Your Voter Name or Address

To update your name and/or address on your voter registration record, you must re-submit the State of Alabama Voter Registration Form (Form NVRA-2) to your county office of Board of Registrars.

See Register to Vote in Alabama above.

NOTE: If you have changed address, you must return your form to the Board of Registrars in the same county as your NEW residence.


Mail-In Voter Registration
Register to vote in Alabama OR update your voter registration information with this form.
Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application
If you're a U.S. citizen living out of your voting jurisdiction, use this form to register to vote AND/OR request an absentee ballot.
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