Voter Registration Options
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers convenient options to register to vote when applying for a driver license (DL) or identification (ID) card, or changing an address. Customers can either visit a DMV field office or go online at www.dmv.ca.gov.
In order to be eligible to vote, customers must answer “Yes” to all the voter registration eligibility requirements listed below:
- I am a United States citizen.
- My residence address is in California.
- I am at least 18 years old (you may pre-register if you are 16 or 17, but you must be 18 or older to vote on Election Day).
- I am not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony.
- I am not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.
How to Vote for U.S. President
If you are registered to vote as No Party Preference and you want to vote for president in the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election, you must request a party ballot that includes presidential candidates. The American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian Parties allow No Party Preference voters to participate in their Presidential Primary Elections. To learn how to request one of these ballots, visit the Secretary of State’s How to Vote for U.S. President page.
Electronic California Driver License or Identification Card Application
DMV offers the electronic California Driver License or Identification Card Application online to apply for an original, renewal, or duplicate of their DL or ID. The electronic application can be found online at www.dmv.ca.gov or in the DMV field office on the TouchScreen Terminal (TST). This voter registration option is available in 10 languages; English, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese and makes the sign up process more convenient than filling out the traditional paper form. The customer’s voter registration information will be electronically shared with the local elections official for processing.
Customers completing a California Driver License or Identification Card Application online to apply for an original, renewal, or duplicate of their DL or ID, completing a DL or ID renewal utilizing the Renewal By Internet process, or changing their address online will have the opportunity to register to vote while completing their DMV transaction. Those choosing to register to vote will be directed to the Secretary of State’s official website where their DMV information will prepopulate the voter registration form.
It is important to note that customers who do not receive their voter notification card within four weeks of registering should contact their local county elections office. For contact information, visit Election and Voter Information on the California Secretary of State website.