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.
Download a Virginia Voter Registration Form to register to vote.
Check your current voter registration status.
You are eligible to register to vote if you satisfy all of the requirements below:
- A citizen of the United States
- At least 18 years of age by the next general election
- A resident of Virginia
- Have had your voting rights restored, if you have ever been convicted of a felony or been judged to be mentally incapacitated
When do I register to vote?
You may submit your application to register to vote year-round however changes are not processed when the registration books are closed. A voter registration application may be submitted to your local General Registrar or the State Board of Elections at any time. However, an application received while books are closed (the 21 day period before each election) will be held at the General Registrar’s office and processed when registration reopens. The calendar of elections has a summary of the elections scheduled for the year. Our Office of Elections webpage will have the dates that the books are closed and absentee voting begins as we approach each election.
How do I register to vote?
You may now register to vote online in Virginia. You may also register to vote in any Registrar’s office in the Commonwealth of Virginia and that office will forward your application to the correct jurisdiction. You may also submit applications at other public service agencies and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Please note that submitting applications at these other public service agencies does not mean that you are now registered to vote. Those agencies must then send your application to the correct Registrar's office where the application can be processed.
Many outside groups are conducting voter registration drives. Please check online or call the office to check the status of your registration before the books close (registration deadline is 22 days prior to Election Day).
The preferred method of registration is to us directly, either in person or by mail.
In person at our offices:
Office of Elections
9250 Lee Avenue Suite 1
Manassas, Virginia 20110
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Registration office co-located in the DMV building
2731 Caton Hill Road
Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays
By mail pick up a Virginia Voter Registration Application at the following sites:
- 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
Mail your completed application to:
Office of Elections
9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1
Manassas, Virginia 20110
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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Under a federal law if the registration application is submitted by mail and you have never registered to vote in Virginia before, you must send with this application either (1) a copy of your current and valid photo identification, or (2) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address (where you're registering). Otherwise you may be required to show election officials either (1) or (2) above the first time you vote in a federal election.
Please report change of name or address
To remain a qualified registered voter, the law requires you to notify your local voter registration office of any change in your name or address. This must be done before the registration books close for the next election. You can submit your notice of change of name or address either in person, online, by mail (9250 Lee Ave Suite 1; Manassas, Virginia 20110), or by fax (703-792-6461). Notice cannot be made by telephone or e-mail.
After your change is processed you will be mailed a new Voter Card. If a new card does not arrive within four weeks (this may take longer if you submit changes close to the deadline before an election) please call us at 703-792-6470, to confirm that your notice was received.
Other than submitting an online change of address, you may submit a new Virginia Voter Registration Form, complete the change of address form on the back of your Voter Card, or send a letter with your change. If you are already registered to vote in Virginia, and you wish to submit a change by letter, the following information is required to change your registration:
- Full legal name (if this is a change of name include old and new names)
- New residence address
- Birth date or last four digits of your Social Security number
- Previous registration address
- Your signature, and the date
Can I conduct a voter registration drive in my community?
You or your organization may conduct a voter registration drive at public locations within the community. We will be happy to advise you in planning a successful drive, training volunteers, and answering any questions you might have. You should plan to order Voter Registration Applications from Richmond in time for your event; our office does not keep large amounts of forms on hand. Review the Guidelines for Voter Drives for more information or call our office at 703-792-6470.
For more Registration Information visit the State Board of Elections website.
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