how to register to vote

To be Eligible to Register to Vote in Virginia a Person must:

  • Be a resident of Virginia (a person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes).
  • Be a U. S. Citizen.
  • Be 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election).
  • Not be registered and plan to vote in another state.
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored.

Obtain a Registration Application

  • Online Registration
  • Local voter registration office
  • Download a PDF copy of the registration form
  • State or local government offices when applying or re-certifying for Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services
  • Government offices in the State that provide State-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to person with disabilities
  • Armed forces recruitment offices
  • Public libraries
  • Virginia Department of Elections office
  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices
  • Voter Registration Drives

REGISTRATION DEADLINES

General

  • 22 Days before election

Primary

  • 22 Days before election

Special

  • 13 Days before election


Special (Called by the Governor)

  • 7 Days before election

WHERE TO SEND YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION

The Voter Registration Application can be mailed via the U.S. postal service or hand-delivered to any official registration office.


  • If mailed, the application must be postmarked no later than the deadline.
  • If delivered in person, either by the applicant or a third party, the application must be received by the deadline. On the final day of registration for an election all general registrar offices close at 5:00 p.m.
  • Applications postmarked or received after the deadline will be held and processed after the election.
  • For questions concerning completing the application and voting on Election Day, call your local registration office.
  • Check your voter registration record online.
  • For other questions contact the Virginia Department of Elections.

Get Free Virginia Voter Photo ID

Virginia Voter Photo Identification cards are available, free-of-charge, from any General Registrar’s office in Virginia. Voters who wish to have an identification card made should complete the application on the lower portion of this page. A voter may have assistance in completing the application without any need to complete any additional declaration of assistance paperwork. The voter himself/herself must make his/her own mark in Section 6: Swear/Affirm, when physically able.


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