California Motor Voter Program
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and California Secretary of State (SOS) has launched the new California Motor Voter Program as defined by AB 1461. This new program is intended to increase voter registration during DMV transactions by automatically registering qualified applicants to vote unless that person opts out of registration.
Eligible applicants completing a driver license, identification card or change of address transaction online, by mail or in person will have their voter information transmitted to the SOS, unless they opt out of the voter registration process.
The California Motor Voter program applies to Californians who are 18 years or older and meet the following criteria:
- A United States citizen and a resident of California.
- Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony.
- Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.
Note: Voter pre-registration is available for those 16 and 17 years of age. Their voter registration will become active automatically when they turn 18.
Applicants applying under Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60) are not eligible and will not be registered to vote.
More information on the new California Motor Voter Program, including frequently asked questions, is available at MotorVoter.sos.ca.gov.