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.



 Voter Registration Requirements

  • Who is eligible to register to vote?
    • ​To be eligible to vote, you must satisfy all of the following requirements:

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

  • Where do I register to vote?
    • ​Voters may 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 you can print the Virginia Voter Registration Form or register online.

  • 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.

  • I will turn 18 during the Books Closed period. Can I vote?
    • ​Yes. 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. 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 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 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.

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



Voter Registration Links:

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

Military and Overseas Civilian Voters Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)

A Voters Acceptable Forms of Photo ID
Registration Cancellation Form
Report of Death of Registered Voter
Election Officer Interest Survey

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