California Voter Registration Eligibility


Click here for information on how to register online.

Click here for information on how to by mail. 


California Voter Registration Eligibility

In order to be eligible to vote in the state of California, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • A California resident.
  • 18 years old or older on Election Day.
  • Not currently in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.
    • Some citizens serving certain legal sentences can vote, and those with felony convictions who've had their civil rights restored can vote (voting rights are automatically restored once parole is completed). Refer to the state's section on voting rights with criminal convictions for details specific to your situation.
  • Not found to be mentally incompetent by a court.


Register to Vote In California 

If you're looking to register to vote in California, and you meet the requirements mentioned above, you'll need to complete a voter application and submit it either online or by mail. You can also register to vote when visiting a Department of Motor Vehicles office to obtain a California driver's license or register your vehicle.

The deadline to register is by 11:59:59 p.m. on the 15th day before the Election Day in question. If you fail to meet that deadline, your information will still be processed, but you'll need to wait to vote in the next upcoming election.

NOTE: Once your information has been submitted for registration, it still needs to be approved by your local election official. This official will contact you once your CA voter registration has been approved, or if they need more information from you.


Deadline to Register to Vote in California

If you plan to vote in California, you must register a minimum of 15 days prior to the upcoming election. Your application must be time-stamped by midnight on the day of your registration deadline.