You must be registered to vote 15 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote.*
Permissible Uses of Personal Information
Information on your voter registration affidavit will be used by elections officials to send you official information on the voting process, such as the location of your polling place and the issues and candidates that will appear on the ballot. Commercial use of voter registration information is prohibited by law and is a misdemeanor. Voter information may be provided to a candidate for office, a ballot measure committee, or other person for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State. Driver’s license and social security numbers, or your signature as shown on your voter registration card, cannot be released for these purposes. If you have any questions about the use of voter information or wish to report suspected misuse of such information, please call the Secretary of State’s Voter Protection and Assistance Hotline.
Certain voters facing life-threatening situations may qualify for confidential voter status. For more information, please contact the Secretary of State’s Safe At Home program or visit the Secretary of State’s Web site at http://www.sos.ca.gov.
Obtain a Registration Form
- Complete requested information.
- A postage-paid reply form will be mailed to you for your signature.
You may also obtain a registration form to be mailed to you by calling the Registrar of Voters office at (707) 263-2372, or toll free at (888) 235-6730.
Criteria to Register
You can register to vote anytime if you meet the following criteria.
- You are a United States citizen and a resident of California
- You are at least 18 years of age, or will turn 18 on or before the next election
- You are not imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony
You should re-register to vote if you:
- Change your name
- Wish to change your political party. For information on political parties contact the California Secretary of State site.
Change of Address
You should also inform the Registrar of Voters Office of any change in your mailing address. Voters' residence addresses, telephone numbers and precinct numbers are confidential; however, all voter registration information is available for political, governmental, journalistic or educational research purposes.