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How to Change Your Voter Registration Address

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In the United States, you need to re-register to vote or change your registration address whenever you move. Fortunately, the process is simple and there are several ways to update your information. Most states allow residents to register and update information online. You can also mail a form or change your address in person at the local DMV or local elections office. Double check your state’s requirements, as you might need to provide proof of residence in person, by mail, or at your polling place.

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Updating Your Information Online

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    Check if your state offers online voter registration. As of December 2017, 37 states and the District of Columbia allow online voter registration. In most cases, you’ll need a state-issued ID or driver’s license in order to register or update your information online. If you've moved to a new state, you'll need to submit a new voter registration form.[1]
    • Check if your state offers online registration here: http://vote.gov. After selecting your state, you’ll be directed to its web portal if it offers online registration.
    • If you don’t already have a valid ID issued by your state of residence, you’ll have to apply for one at your local DMV.
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    Update your address with the DMV, if necessary. If you've moved but stayed in the same state, you might have to update your address with the DMV before changing your voter registration address. In most states, you can do so by phone or online.[2]
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    Enter your information to find your registration status. Your state’s web portal will prompt you to enter your name, former county or city of residence, and date of birth. After clicking “submit,” your voter registration status will appear if you're registered with that state. There will be a field that lists your old address, allowing you to verify that you need to update your information.[3]
    • There will be a link to update your information near your address.
    • If you've moved within state lines and are registered with that state, you'll need to enter your old county or city in order to look up your status. The search tool won't recognize you if you enter your new location.
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    Follow prompts to change your information. If you've moved within state lines, click on the link titled “update my information” (or something similar) on your registration status webpage. If you've moved to a new state, click on the link for first time registration. Both links will direct you to a series of pages where you’ll enter your new address and other information.[4]
    • You’ll need to enter your driver’s license or state ID number, so have it handy.
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    Check your registration status in a few days. In a few weeks, you’ll receive a voter registration card in the mail. In the meantime, online registration forms are often processed within 72 hours, so check the web portal after 3 or 4 days to verify your address change.[5]
    • Contact your local elections office if there’s no change to your online status after 1 to 2 weeks, or if you don’t receive your registration card within 30 days.
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    Bring a photo ID and proof of address to your polling place, if necessary. In some states, you'll have to bring proof of residence when you vote after updating your information online or via mail. Many states have also passed voter ID laws and require residents to present a valid photo ID in order to vote. Find your state’s procedures online, or bring these documents with you to stay on the safe side.[6]
    • Proofs of residence include a valid government-issued ID or driver’s license with your current address, a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or a government document (such as IRS correspondence) that lists your name and address.

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Mailing a Registration Form

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    Download a voter registration form from your state government website. You can find registration forms on your state’s DMV, department of state, or board of elections websites.[7] Visit http://vote.gov and select your state to find out which government website links to mail-in forms.
    • If you've moved to a new state, fill out a new registration application. If you've stayed within state lines, download an address change form.
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    Fill out the form and mail it to the appropriate agency. Type in your information and print the completed form, or print out the blank form and fill it out by hand. The government website where you downloaded the form will instruct you to mail the completed form to the DMV, department of state, or local board of elections. Place the completed form in a stamped envelope and mail it to the appropriate agency.[8]
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    Mail a copy of your proof of residence, if necessary. In some states, you’ll need to include a photocopy of your proof of residence with your completed new registration or address change form. The government website that issues the form will let you know whether or not you need to send proof of residence.[9]
    • In other locations, you might need to bring proof of residence with you to the polling place. Double check your state's procedures to ensure you'll be able to vote without any issues.
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    Call the elections office if you don’t receive a voter registration card. After you’ve registered to vote or updated your information, you’ll receive a new voter registration card in the mail. If you don’t receive one within 30 days, ask your local elections office if there were any issues with your address change request or registration application.[10]
    • If your state offers online registration, you can also check your status online. Allow a week or so for your address change to be processed.

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Changing Your Address in Person

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    Visit your local elections office. If you don’t need a new driver’s license or state ID, heading to an elections office might be less of a hassle than going to the DMV. Remember to bring a valid photo ID and proof of residence.[11]
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    Update your address at a nearby DMV office. You might have to visit the DMV if you don’t have an ID or license issued by your state of residence. Additionally, many states require you to first update your address with the DMV before updating your voter registration information. If you already carry an ID in your state of residence, you can simply update your address online or by telephone.[12]
    • You won’t get a new license just by updating your address with the DMV. You’ll have to go to the DMV in person and pay for a driver’s license that lists your new address, which is usually required when you move to a new state.
    • If your state requires a valid photo ID in order to vote, you can also get a free voter ID at the DMV.
    • Find your local DMV office and state-specific information about registering to vote there: http://www.dmv.org/voter-registration.php.
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    Register or update your information on election day if your state allows it. As of December 2017, 15 states and the District of Columbia offer same day registration and will allow you to update your address on election day. You’ll need to visit the polling place for your new address in order to register or change you information. Bring a valid photo ID and proof of address, and fill out the form the poll clerk provides.[13]

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    Tips

    • If your state doesn’t allow same day registration, make sure you change your address before the registration deadline, which is usually 15 to 30 days before an election. Find your state’s registration deadlines here: http://www.usa.gov/voter-registration-deadlines.
    • If you live outside the United States, voter registration and address change procedures vary by nation. Most likely, you’ll still be able to update your information online, by mail, or in person, and you might have to provide proof of residence. Look online to find the government agency that manages voter registration in your nation.[14]

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