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Office of Elections
Voter Registration Requirements

Registering to vote in Virginia requires that you submit a form. This can be done in person, online, or by mail, and the form is available on-line and at many government offices around the state. If you are registering for the first time in Virginia there is an ID requirement (see the NOTE below). The same form you use to register to vote is also used to change your name and/or address.


Who is eligible to register to vote?

To be eligible to vote, you must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • At least 18 years of age by the next general election (the November election)
  • A resident of Virginia
  • Voting rights restored if you have ever been convicted of a felony or been judged mentally incapacitated


When do I register to vote?

  • Submit your application to register to vote, update your residence address, or submit a name change year-round online (preferred method using VA DMV Driver's license #), at local Registrar's office, or by mail
  • Voter registration changes are not processed when the registration books are closed (the 21 day period before each election)
  • Applications received while books are closed will be held at the PWC General Registrar’s office and processed when registration reopens. Please call our office at contact number below for assistance
  • The calendar of elections has a summary of the elections scheduled for the year and our Office of Elections webpage will have the dates that the voter registration books are closed


Where do I register to vote?

Voters may pick up a Virginia Voter Registration Application at the following sites:


How do I register to vote if I am in the military or live overseas?

If you are an overseas citizen, military personnel, or dependent of military personnel, you may register to vote in Virginia if your current or last U.S. residence was in Virginia.


I will turn 18 during the Books Closed period. Does that mean I can't vote?

No. However, you must be registered to vote prior to the Books Closed period.

  • Seventeen-year-olds may register to vote as long as they will be 18 before the next General Election (8 November 2016). These voters are also eligible to vote in Primaries associated with the General Election (e.g., if were born on or before  8 Nov. 1998, you can register and then vote on March 1, June 14 and Nov 8, 2016).
  • General Elections are normally the November Elections; however, Town Elections (this year on May 3, 2016) are also General Elections. So, Town residents must turn 18 before the next Town Election (May of even-numbered years), or wait until after the Town Election to register, which still allows them to vote in the June Primary for November general elections.


I was convicted of a felony. How do I register to vote?

  • Citizens who have been convicted of a felony can petition the Governor to restore voting rights
  • This process can take as long as six months to complete: Visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s page on Restoration of Rights, or call the Restoration of Rights Division at 1-855-575-9177
  • Once your rights have been restored you can register to vote--you must annotate the date that voting rights were restored in Block 4 of the Virginia Voter Registration Application

PLEASE NOTE: When voting for the first time, Virginia law requires that those who register by mail OR AT A 3RD PARTY REGISTRATION DRIVE must vote in person.  Military service members and dependents, overseas citizens, disabled persons and full-time students voting absentee because they are outside the County are exempt from this requirement.


  (When prompted, use VA DMV Driver’s License #)
Download Voter Registration Application



Office of Elections
9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1
Manassas, VA  20110-5554
Phone:  703-792-6470
Fax:  703-792-6461

Registration Satellite Office inside DMV building
2731 Caton Hill Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192-4116


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