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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need your Missouri driver’s license number, Social Security number, and birthday

To register online you’ll need to check the box that indicates you’re registering from a tablet, mobile device, or touchscreen device

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Missouri voter registration form from the Secretary of State website, or call the Elections Division at 1-800-669-8683 to request a form.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Fill in the boxes for your citizenship status and age

Step 3 · Fill in the box asking if this is a new registration

Steps 4-8 · Provide your name, gender, residential address, and mailing address (if different)

Step 9 · Provide your driver’s license number. If you don’t have one, leave blank.

Step 10 · Provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have one, leave blank.

Step 11 · Provide your date of birth

Step 12 · If applicable, provide the last address where you were registered and/or rural address information

Step 13 · Sign and date the form

Step 14 · If you wish to vote absentee (this is optional), include a copy of one of the following:

  • Birth certificate or Native American tribal document
  • Passport
  • Valid Missouri driver’s license
  • ID issued by the National Guard, Armed Forces, or VA
  • Driver’s license or state ID card issued by another state
  • ID issued by an institution of higher education in Missouri
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, gov’t check, or paycheck
  • Other gov’t document with a voter’s name and address
  • Other ID issued by Missouri or the US government

3. Send the form.

Mail your form to your county clerk’s office by Oct 12


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Visit your county clerk’s office to pick up an application.


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Fill in the boxes for your citizenship status and age

Step 3 · Fill in the box asking if this is a new registration

Steps 4–8 · Provide your name, gender, residential address, and mailing address (if different)

Step 9 · Provide your driver’s license number. If you don’t have one, leave blank.

Step 10 · Provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have one, leave blank.

Step 11 · Provide your date of birth

Step 12 · If applicable, provide the last address where you were registered and/or rural address information

Step 13 · Sign and date the form

Step 14 · Show a copy of one of the following:

  • Birth certificate or Native American tribal document
  • Passport
  • Valid Missouri driver’s license
  • ID issued by the National Guard, Armed Forces, or VA
  • Driver’s license or state ID card issued by another state
  • ID issued by an institution of higher education in Missouri
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, gov’t check, paycheck
  • Other gov’t document with a voter’s name and address
  • Other ID issued by Missouri or the US government

3. Return the form.

Return the form to your county clerk’s office by Oct 12


Check if you’re registered to vote

s1.sos.mo.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live in Missouri
  • Be 17 years and six months old when you register, and 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8, to vote
  • Not be in jail due to a criminal sentence
  • Not be on probation or parole for a felony
  • Not be convicted of any offense connected to the right to vote
  • Not currently be judged incapacitated by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state
Online
October 12

Mail
October 12

In Person
October 12

How to Vote

Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 6 AM–7 PM

Bring your ID

Who can vote by mail

You can apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail if you’re:

  • Not in your county on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Ill or have a physical disability that prevents a trip to your voting location
  • Responsible for the care of someone ill or physically disabled
  • An election officer or poll watcher at a different voting location than your own
  • Unable to vote in person due to a religious belief or practice
  • Incarcerated but otherwise eligible to vote
  • Participating in the address confidentiality program because of safety concerns


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot request form, contact your county election authority to request a form by mail, or visit your county election authority to apply in person

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Print your name

Step 2 · Enter the election date. The 2016 general election is Nov 8.

Step 3 · Enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security number if you have one

Step 4 · Leave the field for primary election blank, unless you’re requesting a ballot for the primary

Step 5 · Mark the field providing your reason for voting absentee

Steps 6-8 · Provide your address where you’re registered, your address where the ballot should be mailed, and your phone number

Step 9 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the application

Your completed form must be received by your county election authority by 5 PM on Nov 2 to vote.

Your form may be submitted to your county election authority in person, by mail, by fax, or in person by a close relative.


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill it out
  • Have the envelope notarized (unless you’re sick, disabled, or a caretaker for someone who is sick or disabled) (free of charge)
  • Your signed and completed ballot must be received at the address indicated on the ballot by 7 PM on Nov 8. You can deliver the ballot in person, by mail, or in person by a close relative.
  • Check the status of your ballot through your county on sos.mo.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 6 AM–7 PM

Bring your ID

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Missouri. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a Missouri address
  • Not be in jail due to a criminal sentence
  • Not be on probation or parole for a felony
  • Not be convicted of any offense connected to the right to vote
  • Not currently be judged incapacitated by a court

In person ID requirements

Bring one of the following:

  • Photo ID issued by the federal government, Missouri, another state, or an institution of higher education in Missouri
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check
  • Any government document that shows your name and address

By mail ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in Missouri, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail

If you registered by mail and this will be your first time voting and you did not include a form of ID when you registered, include a copy of one of the following forms of ID with your ballot request form:

  • Photo ID issued by the federal government, Missouri, another state, or an institution of higher education in Missouri
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check
  • Any government document that shows your name and address

Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need to provide ID if you’ve already voted in Missouri at least once. If you are a first time voter and you did not submit a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, then you must submit ID with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable forms of ID include: Identification issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state; Identification issued by the United States government or agency thereof; Driver۪s license or state identification card issued by another state; or other identification approved by federal law; Identification issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational and technical school, located within the state of Missouri; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter.