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To be eligible to register to vote in Virginia a person must:

  • ​Be a resident of Virginia

  • Be a U. S. Citizen

  • Be 18 years old* (any person who is 17 years old and will be turn 18 by the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance)

  • Not be registered and plan to vote in another state

  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law

  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored​



Persons under 18 years of age

Any person who is otherwise qualified and will be 18 years of age on or before the day of the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, any person who is otherwise qualified and will be 18 years of age on or before the day of the next November general presidential election shall be permitted to register in advance of and also vote in any intervening presidential primary and any other primary held on the same day as the presidential primary.

Preregistration of persons 16 years of age or older

Any person who is otherwise qualified and is 16 years of age or older, but who will not be 18 years of age on or before the day of the next general election, may preregister to vote. This preregistration shall not entitle a person 16 years of age or older to vote in any election except as provided in § 24.2-403.

Persons eligible to register can obtain a registration application at any of the following locations:

  • Register Online

  • Download a PDF copy of the registration form

  • Local voter registration office

  • State or local government offices when applying or re-certifying for Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services

  • Government offices in the State that provide State-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to person with disabilities

  • Armed Forces recruitment offices

  • Public libraries

  • State Board of Elections office

  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices

  • Voter Registration Drives

The completed application can be filed with the local registration office or mailed to the address printed on the form. Application for registration can be submitted using a Virginia Voter Registration Application form or a National Voter Registration Application form. Military and other persons residing outside of the United States should contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program for registration information.

Once you have submitted your registration form, you should receive a voter registration card in the mail. If you do not receive one, contact your local Registrar’s Office to make sure that your application has been processed.


General - 22 Days before election

Primary - 22 Days before election

Special  - 13 Days before election

Special (Called by the Governor) - 7 Days before election


To improve your chances of successful registration:

  • Complete all information blocks on the application. If any information requested does not apply to you, indicate such by writing the word “NONE” or “NA” in that space.

  • Sign and date the registration application file your completed application either by mailing to the pre-printed addressed or delivering it to a local registration office.

Failure to complete the form properly could result in your registration being delayed or denied. 

Please note that you must provide your social security number when applying to register to vote in Virginia. If you do not provide your social security number, your application for voter registration will be denied. State and local voting officials will use your social security number as a unique identifier to insure that no person is registered in more than one place. Records containing your social security number will not be open to inspection by the public. Your social security number will appear on reports produced only for official use by voter registration and election officials, and for jury selection purposes by courts.

Where to Send Your Completed Application

  • The Voter Registration Application is pre-addressed and can be mailed via the U.S. postal service or hand-delivered to any official registration office.

  • If mailed, the application must be postmarked no later than the deadline (for the next upcoming election).

  • If delivered in person, the application must be received by the deadline (for the next upcoming election).

  • Applications postmarked or received after the deadline will be held and processed after the election.

  • For questions concerning completing the application and voting on Election Day, call the Prince William County Office of Elections at 703-792-6470.

  • For other questions, contact the Virginia State Board of Elections.


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