Who Can Register And Vote
To register and vote, you must be 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States of America and a legal resident of Florida and of the county where you intend to vote. A person who is otherwise qualified may pre-register on or after that person's 16th birthday and may vote in any election held on or after that person's 18th birthday.
(see section 97.041, Florida Statutes)
Persons Not Entitled To Register Or Vote
- Persons who have been found by a court in this or another state to be mentally incapacitated with respect to voting and who have not had their right to vote restored.
- Persons who have been convicted of any felony in any court and who have not had their right to vote restored.
- Any person who is not a citizen of the United States of America.
- A person who is not registered to vote may not vote.
(see section 97.041, Florida Statutes)
How To Register
To register to vote, you must fill out a Voter Registration Application. Click here to register online.
Voter Registration Applications are also available at your local Supervisor of Elections' office, the Division of Elections, driver's license offices, state agencies that provide public assistance, state agencies that serve persons with disabilities, public libraries and many other public locations.
You will be offered the opportunity to apply to register to vote or change your voter registration when you obtain your driver's license, when you apply for public assistance at state agencies, or when you apply for services at state agencies that serve persons with disabilities.
A voter registration application is complete for new registrations if it contains:
- Your name.
- Your legal residence address.
- Your date of birth.
- Your valid Florida driver's license number or Florida identification card number. If you do not have either of these, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have not been issued a Florida driver's license, a Florida identification card, or a Social Security number, you must indicate "none" in the box provided for this information.
- A mark in the check box affirming that you are a citizen of the United States of America.
- A mark in the check box affirming that you have not been convicted of a felony or that, if convicted, you have had your civil rights restored.
- A mark in the check box affirming that you have not been adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting or that, if so adjudicated, you have had your right to vote restored.
- You must sign the oath printed on the form swearing or affirming under the penalty for false swearing that the information contained in the registration application is true. (Power of attorney is not accepted)
Note: An applicant who fails to designate a political party affiliation will be registered without party affiliation.
(see section 97.053, Florida Statutes)
When Can You Register
You can apply to register to vote at any time either by mail or in person. However, the registration books will be closed ("book closing") on the 29th day before each election and will remain closed until after that election. You must be registered for at least 29 days before you can vote in an election. The date your voter registration application is postmarked or hand delivered to your county Supervisor of Elections, the Division of Elections, a driver's license office, a voter registration agency, or an armed forces recruitment office will be your registration date. If your application is complete and you are qualified as a voter, a registration information card will be mailed to you.
When the registration books are closed for an election, voter registration and party changes will be accepted, but only for the purpose of subsequent elections. Changes to your name, address, signature and political party are accepted after the deadline for an election except that a political party change made after the books close for a primary election will not become effective until after the primary election.
(see sections 97.053 and 97.055, Florida Statutes)
First-Time Voters Who Register By Mail
If you register by mail and you are a first-time voter in the State and you have not been issued a Florida driver's license number, Florida I.D. number, or a Social Security number, you are required to provide additional identification. To avoid any potential problems when you go to vote, you should provide a copy of the required identification at the time you mail your voter registration form. If you wait until later, you must provide proper identification before you go to vote at the polls or vote absentee or your absentee ballot will not count. The following forms of identification are acceptable if they contain your name and photograph:
- United States passport
- Debit of credit card
- Military identification
- Student identification
- Retirement center identification
- Neighborhood association identification
- Public assistance Identification
- Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
- A license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06
- Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county or a municipality.
Instead of the photo ID, you may provide a copy of a current and valid utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck, or other government document containing your name and current residence address. Do not send original identification documents to the supervisor of elections. The following persons are not required to provide the identification required under the previous paragraph:
Persons 65 years of age or older.
Persons with a temporary or permanent physical disability.
Members of the uniformed services on active duty and their spouses and dependents, who, by reason of such active duty, are absent from the county on election day.
Members of the Merchant Marine and their spouses and dependents, who, by reason of service in the Merchant Marine, are absent from the county on Election Day.
(see section 97.0535, Florida Statutes)
Placement on Inactive Voter Rolls and Removal
If the Supervisor of Elections receives information from the post office or another source indicating your residence may have changed to another address in Florida, your registration record will be changed to reflect that new address. You will then be mailed an address change notice asking that you verify or correct the new address. If the information shows you have moved outside the state, you will be sent an address confirmation final notice. If you do not respond to the address confirmation final notice within 30 days, your registration status will be changed to inactive. You can restore your status to active at any time if you update your voter registration record, go to the polls to vote, or request an absentee ballot. However, if you do not do any of these things after two general (federal) elections from the date you were made inactive, you will be removed from the registration records and must register again in order to vote.
(see section 98.065, Florida Statutes)
Registration Is A Public Record
In Florida, voter registration records are open to the public and may be examined or copied by any person. However, the following registration information is confidential and exempt from disclosure: Social Security number, driver's license number, and Florida identification number, location of voter's place of registration, location of place of registration update. A voter's signature may be viewed but may not be copied.
(see section 97.0585, Florida Statutes)