Register To Vote

Instructions & Statement

You can complete the entire registration process by downloading and mailing in the Mail in Voter Registration Application.  If you have a current and valid Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)-issued identification (ID) number AND you consent to the use of your digital signature on file at the DMV as your signature for this application you do not have to sign the registration application. 

If you do not have a DMV-issued ID or you do not consent to the use of your signature on file at the DMV as your signature for your application, you can still complete the voter registration application online, but you must then print and sign the application, and return it to the D.C. Board of Elections: 
  • By mail or in person at
    D.C. Board of Elections
    1015 Half Street, SE
    Suite 750
    Washington, DC 20003
Already registered? Check your voter registration status here. If you need to update your address, name, or party affiliation, you may do so at Mail in Voter Registration Application  
 
Are you a military or overseas voter? Please visit https://www.fvap.gov/district-of-columbia for information on registration and absentee voting.
 

Important Voter Registration Information

Qualifications

To register to vote, you must:
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a resident of the District of Columbia (You may not vote in an election in the District of Columbia unless you have been a resident for at least 30 days immediately prior to the election)
  • Not claim voting residence or the right to vote in another U.S. state or territory
  • Be at least 16 years old (You may pre-register to vote if you are at least 16 years old. You may vote in a primary election if you are at least 17 years old and you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election. You may vote in a general or special election if you are at least 18 years old.)
  • Not be in jail serving a sentence for conviction of a crime which is a felony in the District of Columbia
  • Not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
 

Party Affiliation

To vote in a primary election in the District of Columbia, you must be registered to vote with one of the parties that is eligible to conduct a primary election (Democratic, Republican, D.C. Statehood Green, or Libertarian). You must be registered with one of these parties on or before the 21st day before the primary election, unless you are registering for the first time when you vote.  In that case, you may register with a party when you vote.  
 

Voter Identification

If you are registering to vote in the District of Columbia for the first time and you submit your application by mail or online, you must either include a copy of one of the following documents with your application or present a copy of the document the first time you vote: 
  • A copy of a current and valid government-issued photo identification
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck (dated no earlier than 90 days before the date upon which you mail your application or, if you do not submit proof by mail or online, 90 days before the date you vote)
  • Any other government-issued document

Voter Registration Deadlines

All voter registration applications and updates submitted online and by mail must be received by the Board by no later than the 21st day before the election in which you wish to vote. If you submit a voter registration application or update online or by mail and it is received after the 21st day before the election, your application will not be processed until after the election.
 
If you submit your application in person at the Board of Elections or another voter registration agency, your application should be received no later than the day before the start of the early voting period. To learn about key dates and deadlines in the upcoming election cycle, please visit www.dcboe.org
 

Same Day Registration

If the deadlines for the receipt of voter registration applications and updates submitted online, by mail, or in person at the Board of Elections or another voter registration agency have passed, you can still register during early voting or on Election Day. To register when you vote, you must provide proof of residence that shows your name and current District of Columbia address. Acceptable forms of proof of residence include: 
  • A copy of a current and valid government-issued photo identification
  • A utility bill for water, gas, electricity, cable, internet, telephone, or cellular phone service issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
  • A savings, checking, credit, or money market account statement from a bank or credit union issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
  • A paycheck, stub, or earning statement that includes the employer’s name, address, and telephone number and was issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
  • A government-issued document or check from a federal or District agency, other than the Board of Elections, issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
  • A current residential lease or rental agreement
  • An occupancy statement from a District homeless shelter issued no earlier than 90 days before the election
  • A tuition or housing bill from a District of Columbia college or university issued for the current academic or housing term

Voter Affirmation

  • I am a United States Citizen
  • I live in the District of Columbia
  • I do not claim voting residence or the right to vote in another U.S. state or territory
  • I am at least 16 years old
  • I am not in jail serving a sentence for conviction of a crime which is a felony in the District of Columbia
  • I have not been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote