Pennsylvania voter registration guide
Pennsylvania voter registration deadlines
- Register to vote (online): 15 days prior to an election
- Register to vote (by mail): Received by 15 days prior to Election Day
- Register to vote (in person): 15 days prior to an election
Check your Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania registration using the Pennsylvania voter registration lookup site.
- If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.
Pennsylvania voter registration rules
To register in Pennsylvania you must:
- be a citizen of the United States at 30 days before Election Day
- be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district at least 30 days before Election Day
- be 18 years old by Election Day
- not be incarcerated after conviction for a felony (your voting rights are restored immediately after incarceration).
How to register to vote online in Pennsylvania
You can register to vote online if you have a Pennsylvania driver license, driver permit, or nondriver photo ID card. You can also register to vote using your Social Security Number, if you also upload a photo of your signature.
- Visit the Pennsylvania online voter registration site.
- 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 15 days prior to an election.
How to register to vote by-mail in Pennsylvania
- Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 - ID Number: Enter your PA driver’s license number. If you don't have one, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you don't have either number, write "NONE" in this space.
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: You must register with a party if you want to take part in that party’s primary election.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: This information is requested but not required.
- 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.
- Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
- Your voter registration form must be received by 15 days prior to Election Day.
How to register to vote in-person in Pennsylvania
- Contact your local election office to find where to register to vote in person.
- Bring your Pennsylvania driver's license or state ID card with you. If you don't have one, bring ONE photo ID that shows your name, and ONE document that shows your name and Pennsylvania address. Acceptable documents include a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and address.
Same day voter registration in Pennsylvania
Registering to vote in Pennsylvania with a felony conviction
Voting rights are restored automatically upon release from prison for most felonies. If you were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony violation of the Election Code, you will regain your voting rights four years after the date of your conviction or the date of your release from prison, whichever occurs later.
- You cannot vote while incarcerated.
- You can vote while on parole.
- You can vote while on probation.
- You can vote upon completion of your sentence.
- No financial obligations.
- Please visit Restore Your Vote for additional information.
Local election office
Contact your local election office if you have questions.
Statewide election office
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Pennsylvania elections. You can contact them with questions, but your local election office will probably respond faster.
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth 210 North Office Bldg. Harrisburg, PA 17120‐0029