DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BOARD OF ELECTIONS

Register to Vote

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Note: All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Instructions & Statement

The mobile version of DCBOE Vote allows you to sign and send your application from your mobile phone or tablet.
 

In order to register to vote, you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a resident of the District of Columbia
  • Be at least 16 years old (District residents may preregister to vote at age 16, but will not receive a voter registration card or be eligible to vote until they are at least 17 with a date of birth indicating that they will be 18 on or before the next general election.)
  • Not be in jail on a felony conviction
  • Not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
  • Not claim voting residence outside of the District of Columbia

Do I need to choose a party when I register?

To vote in a primary election in the District of Columbia, you must be registered to vote with either the Democratic, Republican, or D.C. Statehood Green Party.

Do I need to provide ID?

To register by mail you must have either a Driver's license number or a DMV- issued ID number or a social security number. When registering for the first time by mail you will additionally need to include a copy of one of the following:

  • A copy of a current and valid government photo identification
  • A copy of a current utility bill
  • A copy of a current bank statement
  • A copy of a current government check
  • A copy of a paycheck
  • Other government document that shows the name and address of the voter

Voter Affirmation

  • I am a United States Citizen
  • I live in the District of Columbia
  • I am at least 16 years old *
  • I am not in jail on a felony conviction
  • I have not been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
  • I do not claim voting residence outside of the District of Columbia
*District residents may preregister to vote at age 16, but will not receive a voter registration card or be eligible to vote until they are at least 17 with a date of birth indicating that they will be 18 on or before the next General Election.