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If you are registering for the first time, you should plan on showing "proof of identification" the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: (1) A current and valid photo identification or (2) A current (meaning dated within 3 months of the election) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.

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Maryland voter registration deadlines

  • In Person: 21 days before Election Day. You may also register during early voting or on Election Day with proof of address. See Election Day registration instructions.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 21 days before Election Day. You may also register during early voting or on Election Day with proof of address. See Election Day registration instructions.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day. You may also register during early voting or on Election Day with proof of address. See Election Day registration instructions.
Election Day Registration:

You can register to vote in-person during early voting and on Election Day. You will need to bring a current and valid photo ID card (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card); or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address and that is dated within 3 months of the election.

Maryland voter registration rules

To register in Maryland you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be a Maryland resident;
  • Be at least 16 years old, and at least 18 years old by the next general election;
  • Not be under guardianship for mental disability;
  • Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, have completed serving a court ordered sentence of imprisonment.

Maryland 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.