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DMV Offers Improved Voter Registration Options


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May 4, 2016

DMV Offers Improved Voter Registration Options

Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) now offers two convenient options to register to vote when renewing or applying for a driver license or identification (ID) card. Customers can either visit a DMV office or go online at .  

TouchScreen Terminal: Customers renewing or applying for  a driver license or ID card at a DMV field office can now complete their voter registration using a TouchScreen Terminal. The improved option involves a simple process that is more efficient. Customers who indicate on their driver license or ID application that they want to register to vote, will be directed to a TouchScreen monitor to confirm their U.S. citizenship, choose their party preference, select language preference, whether they would like to vote by mail, and if they want to volunteer on Election Day. Voter information is then electronically sent to elections officials for processing.

DMV Website: Customers renewing their driver license or ID online will have the opportunity to register to vote after completing their DMV transaction. These individuals will be directed to the Secretary of State’s official website where their DMV information will prepopulate the voter registration form.

Customers who do not receive their voter notification card within four weeks of registering to vote should contact their local county elections office where voter registration status can also be verified. For information visit:

Additional voter registration options for customers will be available in the future pursuant to Assembly Bill 1461, the New Motor Voter Act, signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2015. The DMV continues to work closely with the Secretary of State’s office to implement those improvements.

The TouchScreen terminal voter registration is available in 10 languages:
English        Spanish        Chinese               Korean        Japanese
Hindi            Thai               Vietnamese        Tagalog       Khmer


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