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District of Columbia voter registration guide

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District of Columbia voter registration deadlines

  • Register to vote (online): Received by October 13, 2020
  • Register to vote (by mail): Received by October 13, 2020
  • Register to vote (in person): Received by November 3, 2020

Check your District of Columbia voter registration status

  • If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your District of Columbia registration using the District of Columbia voter registration lookup tool.
  • If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.

District of Columbia voter registration rules

To register in the District of Columbia you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a District of Columbia resident at least 30 days preceding the next election
  • be 18 years old by Election Day. If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the General Election
  • not have been judged legally incompetent by a court of law
  • not claim the right to vote anywhere outside DC
  • note: people who are imprisoned and convicted of a felony may register to vote for the November 3, 2020 election

Register to vote online in District of Columbia

  • To use the online portal, you must upload your signature or be able to sign the form by touchscreen. You must include your DC driver's license number, DC ID number, or the last 4 digits of your social security number with your online voter registration application.
  • Visit the District of Columbia online voter registration tool.
  • Fill out all the required fields.
  • You will be registered to vote as soon as you finish the workflow.
  • You should receive your voter registration card in the mail within 2-3 weeks. If not, you might want to follow up with your Local Election Office.
  • The deadline to register to vote online is received by October 13, 2020.

Register to vote by mail in District of Columbia

  1. Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 - ID Number: Federal law now requires that all voter registration applications must include either the applicant’s driver’s license number or the last four digits of the applicant’s social security number in order to be processed.
  3. Box 7 - Choice of Party: You must register with a party if you want to take part in that party’s primary election, caucus, or convention.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  5. Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
  6. Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your Local Election Office.
  7. Your voter registration form must be received by October 13, 2020

Register to vote in person in District of Columbia

  1. Contact your Local Election Office to find where to register to vote in person.
  2. DC voters must provide their DC driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application. Voters must also physically show a valid document with their name and address, such as their driver's license, bank statement, or utility bill.

Local Election Office

Contact your Local Election Office if you have questions about District of Columbia voter registration.

Statewide election office

This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for District of Columbia elections. You can contact them with questions, but your Local Election Office will probably respond faster.

District of Columbia Board of Elections & Ethics  
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 250  
Washington, DC 20001‐2745