Register to Vote If you need to register to vote, visit Vote.USA.gov. Depending on your state’s voter registration rules, the site can help you: Register online. This is available for 31 states plus the District of Columbia. Download the National Mail Voter Registration Form (PDF, Download Adobe Reader). You can fill it out onscreen and print the completed form, or print the blank form and fill it out by hand. Remember to sign the form before mailing it to the location listed for your state. Find guidance for states and territories with different registration procedures. Start Your Voter Registration Voter Registration Requirements and Deadlines Basic Requirements You are eligible to vote in U.S. federal elections if: You are a U.S. citizen. You meet your state’s residency requirements. You are 18 years old. Some states allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries and/or register to vote if they will be 18 before the general election. Check your state’s voter registration age requirements. Voter Registration Deadlines In all states except North Dakota, you must register before you can vote. Registration deadlines vary. Some states close registration 30 days before the election, while others allow voters to register up to and on Election Day.