How to Register to Vote When You Move

Election day is right around the corner. If you have voted in the past, you are likely aware that your voter registration is identified through your home address. That can become a problem for residents who have moved in the last election cycle.

While the process of updating your voter registration can seem complicated, we put together a guide to make it as simple as possible for you:

How to Register

There are a few possible ways you can register to vote, depending on the state you are moving to:

  • By Mail: You can register by mail in all 50 states, and can do so by going to vote.gov. This will require you to fill out a form, print it, and mail to the party who handles your state’s voter registration (likely the Department of State).

  • Online: In 37 states, they make it even easier for you to register by doing it online. You can find out if your new state of residence permits online registration by selecting your state via vote.gov.

  • In person: If you’d rather handle your registration face-to-face, you can do so by visiting your state or local election office. You can also update your registration when applying for your new driver’s license or ID card at the DMV (this can sometimes be done online as well, depending on the state).

Registration Deadlines

There are deadlines to register to vote in each state. You can find all the necessary deadlines for your state here.

**Note: The state of North Dakota is the only state that does not require its voters to register.


If you are already registered to vote in another state or in the same state under a different address, you will likely have no problem registering at your new address.

For first time voters, there are a few general requirements that must be met:

  1. U.S. Citizenship

  2. Fulfillment of your states residency requirements (some states have a durational residency requirement, but none of them are more than 30 days).

  3. 18 years of age on or before Election Day.

Your opinion matters. Don’t forget to vote!