Make your voice heard: register to vote in California

people in voting booths
Registering to vote is easy and can be done in-person or online.

In order to vote, you must be registered. But once you are, you can vote in all state and local elections and don’t need to re-register unless you move, change your name, or your political party preference.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a United States citizen and a resident of California
  • 18 years old or older by election day (16- and 17-year olds can pre-register to vote)
  • Not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony
  • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court

To register online, you’ll need:

  • Your California driver’s license or identification card number
  • The last four digits of your social security number
  • Your birth date

To register in person:

  • You can get a voter registration application at any DMV office or your county elections office.
  • Many libraries, post offices and government office may also have applications.
  • For same day voter registration (less than 15 days before an election), go to your county elections office or a vote center to conditionally register and vote with a provisional ballot.
  • To request a voting application by mail, call the toll-free voter hotline at 1-800-345-VOTE (8683).

Register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov. Unsure of your voter status? Check it at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.

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Communities for a New California promotes economic prosperity and community health for residents in the rural areas of California. We bring valley residents together to champion the needs of poor and working-class families through community organizing, integrated leadership development, and mass non-partisan voter engagement. Headquartered in Sacramento, with offices in Fresno, Indio and Merced, our chapters are in constant contact with residents in 13 California counties, from Yolo to Imperial – with an emphasis on the San Joaquin, Imperial and Coachella Valleys. CNC was founded in 2011 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) human rights organization.