How to Register
You are eligible to register to vote if you are:
- a citizen of the United States
- at least 18 years of age by the next general election
- a resident of Virginia
- if you have been convicted of a felony, your voting rights must be restored and you must provide proof of restoration
- you must not be currently judged by a circuit court to be mentally incompetent
How do I register to Vote? Registering to vote is a uniform procedure statewide.
You must complete a Virginia Voter Registration Application or a National
Voter Registration Application. Forms are accepted in person or by mail.
You may also download the proper form from the state
forms website and mail it in. Once your application is processed,
you will be mailed a voter card which tells you where to vote on election
day. For more information on voting, see Precinct
Where do I register to vote?
Voter registration applications are available at:
*Voter Registration Offices in Virginia
*Government Agencies in Virginia, including:
- Post Offices
- Public Libraries
- Division of Motor Vehicles locations
- Social Services
When can I register to vote?
You can register to vote any time of the year except 29 days before an election.
Do I have to register by party?
No. Virginia is a non-partisan state. You do not have to register by party.
Is there a residency requirement for voter registration?
No. There is not a residency requirement for voter registration; however, you must be registered at least 29 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election.
Do I have to register for each election?
No. As long as you do not move, your registration qualifies you to vote in all elections held in the precinct where you live.
What must I do if I move to another city or county within Virginia?
Complete a new voter registration application in person or by mail. You may also make changes on the back of your voter card and mail it into the registrar's office in the city or county in which you are registered. You may also change your address when you change your information at the Division of Motor Vehicles by completing the voter registration portion of the application.
What should I do if I have changed my name or
my local address since the last election?
You must inform the registrar's office in writing or in person.
Can I transfer my registration from another state?
No. To vote in Virginia, you must register to vote in Virginia.
You are encouraged to call the office at 540-586-7649 if you have other questionss