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If you are registering for the first time and registered to vote by mail or through a voter registration drive, you may be required to show your Michigan ID, utility bill, or government document that shows your name and current address. However, if you provided a MI driver's license number or state ID number on the application, then no additional documentation will be required.

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Michigan voter registration deadlines

  • In Person: Any time up to 8 p.m. on Election Day at your city or township clerk's office.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.
Election Day Registration:

You can register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time on Election Day at your city or township clerk's office. You will need to present proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or state personal identification card. If you do not have these documents, you may instead provide a current photo ID issued by a government or educational institution and a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document containing your name and current residence address.

Michigan voter registration rules

To register in Michigan you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be 17.5 at the time of registration (but you will need to be 18 years old to vote in an election);
  • Be a resident of Michigan and at least a 30 day resident of your city or township by Election Day;
  • Not be confined in a jail after being convicted and sentenced.

Warning: Michigan law requires that the same address be used for voter registration and driver's license purposes. Therefore, if the residence address you provide on your voter registration form differs from the address shown on a driver's license or personal identification card issued by the State of Michigan, the Secretary of State will automatically change your driver's license or personal identification card address to match your voter registration address. If an address change is made, the Secretary of State will mail you an address update sticker for your driver's license or personal identification card.

Michigan 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. You can also scan and email your application to your city or township clerk’s office.
  4. Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.

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