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.
- 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
Voters may pick up a Virginia Voter Registration Application at the following sites:
I will turn 18 during the Books Closed period. Does that mean I can't vote?
- Public libraries
- Department of Motor Vehicles offices
- Military recruitment offices
- Northern Virginia Community College campuses
- All government buildings including Town Halls
- Judicial Center information desk
- Or print the Virginia Voter Registration Form
- Seventeen-year-olds may register to vote as long as they will be 18 before the next General Election
- These voters are also eligible to vote in Primaries associated with the General Election (e.g., if your birthday is Nov. 1, you can register in April and vote in the June Primary and the November Election
- General Elections are normally the November Elections; however, Town Elections 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
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 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.
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