How do I register to vote in the District of Columbia?
Print, fill out, and sign a Voter Registration Application or find one at designated locations such as DCBOE, public libraries, Metropolitan Police Department precincts, or fire stations.
If you are registering to vote in the District of Columbia for the first time and decide to submit your application by mail, make sure to include a photocopy of a CURRENT proof of residence. Acceptable proofs of residence include:
DC offers Same-Day Registration at Early Voting Centers and at the polls on Election Day. Bring an acceptable proof of address (listed above) when you go to vote OR visit DCBOE, DC DMV locations, or one of the following National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) agencies in the District to register or update your voter registration until Early Voting begins:
Am I already registered to vote in the District of Columbia?
You may confirm your registration online or you can call our offices at (202) 727-2525, Monday-Friday, 8:15 am-4:45 pm.
When is the deadline for registration?
If you are registering in-person or by mail, make sure to have your information in our office at least 21 days prior to Election Day. If you miss the deadline, do not worry. Same-Day Registration is available during Early Voting and on Election Day. Remember to bring your proof of residence.
Once I register, do I have to register again for the next election?
As long as you vote at least once every four (4) years, have not changed your address in the District, or changed your name or party affiliation, you do not have to register again. We recommend confirming your registration status on a regular basis.
I just moved within D.C. Do I need to update my registration?
Yes. Update your voter registration address at https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Register-to-Vote, or in-person at any NVRA agency in D.C.
I changed my name. Do I need to update my registration?
Yes. Use the same steps as updating your address.
Can I register and vote on Election Day?
Yes. If otherwise qualified, you may register at a polling place on Election Day and cast a regular ballot that same day. You may also register and vote a regular ballot at any Early Voting Center.
Whether you register at a polling place on Election Day or at an Early Voting Center, you will need to complete a Voter Registration Application, swear or affirm that you are a qualified elector, and provide valid proof of residence.
Valid proof of residence is either a copy of a current and valid D.C. DMV-issued ID, government check or paycheck, bank statement, current utility bill, student housing statement/tuition bill, homeless shelter occupancy statement, lease, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
NOTE: If you are previously registered, you may not change your party affiliation either on Election Day or at an Early Voting Center.
How can I update or make corrections to my voter registration?
To make a registration update by mail, simply fill out a Voter Registration Application with all of the required registration information.
Once you have completed the form, print and sign it, and return it to the Board by mail. You may also update your registration online.
You may also update your registration in person at 1015 Half Street SE Suite 750.
EXCEPTION: After the 21st day before a Primary Election, you may not change your party affiliation. Requests for change of party affiliation received during the 21 days before a Primary Election will be processed after the Primary Election.
Can I register to vote using my business address or PO Box?
No. You must use your residential address to register. You can, however, opt to receive mail at your business address or PO Box.
Am I required to register with a specific party?
Only if you plan to vote for candidates in a Primary Election.
General Elections and ballot initiatives, referendums and amendments are open to all eligible District voters.
How do I change my party affiliation?
Visit www.dcboe.org to update your registration at least 21 days before Election Day. Only same-day registrants may claim a party affiliation at a polling place during Early Voting and on Election Day.
I became a new citizen after the registration deadline. Can I still register and vote?
Yes. You can register during Early Voting or on Election Day. Remember to bring a proof of residence.
I registered but never received a Voter Registration Card from DCBOE. Am I registered?
Check your registration status here, or call our office at (202) 727-2525. A Voter Registration Card is NOT required for voting, but having it handy helps speed up the check-in process during Early Voting and on Election Day.
I'm a college/university student in D.C. Can I register using my campus address?
Yes. You can register in D.C. after 30 days at your campus address. University housing statements and off-campus lease agreements are acceptable proofs of address. Check with your financial aid office to make sure residency/voter registration in D.C. will not interfere with your financial aid package.
How many people are registered to vote in D.C.?
The most recent voter registration numbers can be found here.
How long does it take DCBOE to process my voter registration?
By law, the Board has 19 days to process a voter registration once it arrives in our office, however, registrations are usually processed before the deadline.