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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

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 6
  • 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

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 6

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 6, 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
Absentee ballot received by
November 6

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 6

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 6
  • 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

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