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New Jersey voter registration guide

Last updated: June 2, 2020
  • You can register to vote in-person.
  • You can register to vote by-mail in New Jersey.
  • Military and overseas voters follow a different process.

New Jersey voter registration deadlines

  • In-person: 21 days before Election Day
  • By-mail: Received 21 days before Election Day
  • Online: N/A

New Jersey voter registration rules

To register in New Jersey you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be at least 17 years of age; you may register to vote if you are at least 17 years old but cannot vote until reaching the age of 18
  • be a resident of NJ and your county and at your address at least 30 days before the next election
  • not be serving a sentence or on parole or probation as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States
  • not be declared mentally incompetent by a court

Register to vote by-mail in New Jersey

  1. Review the “Voter registration rules” section above and check that you're eligible.
  2. Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  3. Box 6 - ID Number: Enter your New Jersey driver’s license number OR the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you don't have either number, write “NONE” on the form.
  4. Box 7 - Choice of Party: New Jersey has closed primaries, which means you'll need to register with a party to vote in that party's primaries. If you have never voted in a primary before, you can declare your party affilation at the polls on Election Day. If you are not a first time voter, you will need to submit a Political Party Declaration Form at least 50 days before the primary election. You cannot use this form to declare your political party.
  5. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  6. 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.
  7. Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
  8. Your voter registration form must be received 21 days before Election Day

Double-check your New Jersey 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 New Jersey registration using the New Jersey voter registration lookup tool.


Need help registering to vote in New Jersey?

Your local election office is responsible for running elections in your area. You should contact your local election office if you have questions about registering to vote. Mail your voter registration form to your local election office for faster processing.

State election office

This is the state-wide agency that is ultimately responsible for New Jersey elections. You can mail your voter registration form to this address. For faster processing, mail your form to your local election office.

New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety  
Division of Elections  
PO BOX 304  
Trenton, NJ 08625‐0304