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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need a Virginia driver’s license or special ID card, and a Social Security number to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

vote.elections.virginia.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Virginia voter registration form or call 1-800-552-9745 to request one by mail.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Respond Yes or No to whether you’re a citizen and whether you’ll be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Steps 2–3 · Provide your name, address, date of birth, gender, Social Security number, phone number, and email address

Steps 4–5 · Respond Yes or No to whether you’ve ever been convicted of a felony or whether you’ve ever been judged mentally incapacitated. If Yes, respond Yes or No to whether and when your rights have been restored.

Step 6 · Sign and date the form

Step 7 · If you’re currently registered to vote elsewhere, provide your previous registration information

Step 8 · (If necessary) If this is your first time registering to vote in Virginia, you must provide one of the following: current photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document


3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 17 to this address:

Department of Elections
1100 Bank Street, First Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

For faster processing, mail your form to your local Voter Registration Office.


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the form in person at your local Voter Registration Office or at other locations such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and Armed Forces recruitment offices.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Respond Yes or No to whether you’re a citizen and whether you’ll be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Steps 2–3 · Provide your name, address, date of birth, gender, Social Security number, phone number, and email address

Steps 4–5 · Respond Yes or No to whether you’ve ever been convicted of a felony or whether you’ve ever been judged mentally incapacitated. If Yes, respond Yes or No to whether and when your rights have been restored.

Step 6 · Sign and date the form

Step 7 · If you’re currently registered to vote elsewhere, provide your previous registration information


3. Return the form.

Register by the close of business on Oct 17. Your local Voter Registration Office can tell you the exact closing time in each county.


Check if you’re registered to vote

vote.elections.virginia.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at an address in Virginia
  • If convicted of a felony, not be in jail, on probation, or on parole; and have had your right to vote restored by the state
  • Not currently judged incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state
Online
October 17

Mail
October 17

In Person
October 17

How to Vote

Vote early
Sep 23–Nov 5

Vote absentee in person using the machine in your Local Voter Registrar’s Office on weekdays during business hours. Offices are also open on 2 Saturdays, Oct 29 and Nov 5. Some locations may offer additional dates, contact your local voter registrar’s office for details.

Present an accepted form of photo ID


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 6 AM–7 PM

Present photo ID


Who can vote early

You may apply for an absentee ballot and vote early if you’re:

  • Not in your county or city on Election Day, Nov 8, because of work, vacation, or personal reasons
  • A member of US Armed Forces or the spouse or dependent of a member and won’t be in your county or city on Election Day
  • A student or the spouse of a student attending school outside your county or city on Election Day
  • Disabled, sick, or pregnant
  • In jail on Nov 5 or later either 1) awaiting trial or 2) for a misdemeanor conviction
  • A member of an electoral board, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
  • Primarily responsible for taking care of a sick or disabled family member confined at home
  • Under a religious obligation
  • Working a required shift of 11 or more hours during the time your voting location is open
  • A law-enforcement officer, firefighter, volunteer firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel
  • An official partisan poll watcher
  • Temporarily living outside of US
  • Temporarily living outside the US for work or the spouse or dependent living outside the US with employee
  • No longer a resident of Virginia but moved less than 30 days before the presidential election and are requesting a ballot to vote for President and Vice President only
Who can vote by mail

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

  • Not in your county or city on Election Day, Nov 8, because of work, vacation, or personal reasons
  • A member of US Armed Forces or the spouse or dependent of a member and won’t be in your county or city on Election Day
  • A student or the spouse of a student attending school outside your county or city on Election Day
  • Disabled, sick, or pregnant
  • In jail on Nov 5 or later either 1) awaiting trial or 2) for a misdemeanor conviction
  • A member of an electoral board, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment
  • Primarily responsible for taking care of a sick or disabled family member confined at home
  • Under a religious obligation
  • Working a required shift of 11 or more hours during the time your voting location is open
  • A law-enforcement officer, firefighter, volunteer firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel
  • An official partisan poll watcher
  • Temporarily living outside of US
  • Temporarily living outside the US for work or the spouse or dependent living outside the US with employee
  • No longer a resident of Virginia but moved less than 30 days before the presidential election and are requesting a ballot to vote for President and Vice President only


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot application, call 804-864-8901 to request one be sent to you by mail, or request one online.

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Provide your name and at least the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

Step 2 · Choose which election you want to vote by absentee ballot, the date of the election, and provide the county or city where you’re registered. The date of the 2016 general election is Nov 8.

Step 3 · Choose the reason you can’t vote in person

Steps 4-5 · (Optional) Provide your birth year, email address and phone number

Step 6 · Provide delivery details for your ballot

Step 7 · Provide change of name and/or address, if necessary

Step 8-9 · (Optional) Choose whether you’ll need assistance in completing your ballot and if so, provide information on person assisting you

Step 10 · Sign and date the application


3. Return the application

Your completed application must be received by Nov 1 at 5 PM to vote in the general election

Mail, fax, or email your application to your Local Voter Registrar’s Office


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your absentee ballot, follow the instructions to fill it out
  • Send your signed and completed ballot so it’s received by your Local Voter Registrar’s Office by 7 PM on Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on vote.elections.virginia.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
September 23–November 5

Vote absentee in person using the machine in your Local Voter Registrar’s Office on weekdays during business hours. Offices are also open on 2 Saturdays, Oct 29 and Nov 5. Some locations may offer additional dates, contact your local voter registrar’s office for details.

Present an accepted form of photo ID


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 6 AM–7 PM

Present photo ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Virginia. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a Virginia address
  • If you’re an ex-felon, you can vote if your rights were restored
  • Not currently be judged incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state

In person ID requirements

All Virginia voters must bring one of the following current and valid forms of photo voter ID to vote early or on Election Day:

  • A Virginia driver’s license or Photo ID
  • A Veteran’s ID from the Virginia DMV
  • US Military ID
  • A US Passport or Passport Card
  • A student photo ID issued by any institution of higher education or any private school in Virginia
  • A Virginia photo voter ID obtained from a local general registrar’s office
  • Another photo ID issued by the federal government, Virginia, or a local body of Virginia government
  • An employee photo ID issued by your employer
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID if issued by one of 11 tribes recognized by Virginia
  • Nursing home resident ID if issued by a government facility

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are registering for the first time by mail, federal law (the Help America Vote Act) requires you to provide identification. Please enclose a copy of one of the following documents that shows your name and Virginia address with your application: (1) current and valid photo ID, (2) current utility bill, (3) bank statement, (4) government check, (5) paycheck, or (6) other government document. You can also present this required identification at the polls or when you apply for your absentee ballot.
If you registered in person and provided sufficient ID at that time, you won’t need to provide ID when you vote absentee. If you registered to vote by mail, and you did not fulfill the ID requirements at that time, you should include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. If you don’t, you’ll be notified by mail that you must provide a copy of your identification in order to receive an absentee ballot.Acceptable forms of ID include: A current and valid photo ID (for example a driver۪s license) that shows your name and Virginia address; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address; or another government document that shows name and Virginia address (for example a voter card).
You’ll need to apply separately for each election unless you are physically disabled or incapacitated by illness.  If you are disabled or otherwise incapacitated, contact your  Local Election Official and ask how you can be added to the permanent absentee voter list.