If you are registering for the first time, registered by mail, and didn’t include your driver’s license or California ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you you may be asked to provide ID when you vote.  See the section on Voter ID Requirements for a complete list of acceptable forms of ID to bring to the polls.

COVID-19 info

  • The dates and deadlines listed below are not applicable for the November 2020 general election. All voters who register in California by October 19, 2020 will automatically receive a mail-in ballot for the November Election by executive order.
  • News Releases, Office of Public Affairs, California Department of Public Health

California voter registration deadlines

  • In Person: 15 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.

Election Day Registration:

If the voter registration deadline has passed, you can still conditionally register to vote and cast a provisional ballot in person at your County Elections Office at any time up to and including Election Day. Your provisional ballot will be counted when your County Elections Official verifies your voter registration.

Conditional registration may also be available in County Elections satellite offices and vote centers.

California voter registration rules

To register in California you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • be a resident of California;
  • be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election;
  • not be imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and
  • not currently be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law.

California voter registration directions

  1. Use our Register to Vote Tool to fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Sign and date your form. This is very important!
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
  4. Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.