In order to register to vote in Florida, you must:
1. Be a United States Citizen;
2. Be a legal resident of Florida;
3. Be at least 18 years of age (you may pre-register to vote if you are 16 years old, but you cannot vote until you are 18 Years old);
4. Be a legal resident of the county in which you seek to register;
5. Not be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored;
6. Not have been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored; and
7. Provide your current and valid Florida driver's license number or a Florida identification card number. If you do not have a Florida driver's license number of a Florida identification card number, then you must provide the last our digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have any of these items, you must write "none" in the box or field.
How to Apply to Register to Vote?
- 1. Fill in the Voter Registration Application online. If you wish, you can print the application and write your information in with a black ballpoint pen.
- 2. Print the application out.
- 3. Verify that all of the information on your application is complete.
- 4. Sign your application. The application requires an original signature because you are swearing or affirming to an oath.
- 5. Place the application in an envelope with a first class stamp.
- 6. Mail the application to your county Supervisor of Elections. You may also opt to mail or hand deliver the application to any Supervisor of Elections' office in the state, a driver's license office, a voter registration agency including an armed forces recruitment office, public library, or the Division of Elections.
- 7. If your application is complete and you qualify as a voter, the Supervisor of Elections will mail your a voter information card as official notification that you are registered to vote. Make sure all of the information on your card is correct. If you do not receive your card within two (2) weeks, or if you have any questions, call your Supervisor of Elections.
Note: You must be registered for at least 29 days prior to any elections, in order to vote in said election.
You may also register to vote at any of the following Voter Registration Agencies:
- Florida Driver's License Office
- County or City Public Library
- State Agency providing public assistance
- State Agency that provides services to disabled persons
- Armed Forces Recruiting Office.
A voter registration is complete 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)
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 assure that you will not have 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 are voting an absentee ballot, you must provide the proper identification prior to 7 p.m. election day or your absentee ballot will not count. You may provide a copy of a photo identification as outlined in What To Expect At the Polls or 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, their spouses and dependents, who, by reason of such active duty, are absent from the county on election day.
- Members of the Merchant Marine, 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)
Removal and Reinstatement of Names on Voter Rolls
Periodically, supervisors of elections will send address confirmation final notices to voters when the post office has indicated that these voters have moved outside the supervisor’s county or left a forwarding address. All voters who have been mailed an address confirmation final notice and who do not return the form within 30 days will be placed on the inactive voter registration list. Voters on the inactive list can be reinstated by updating their voter registration, appearing to vote, or requesting an absentee ballot, providing their status has not changed. However, after two general federal elections from the date the final notice was sent, all inactive voters who show no activity 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: location of voter's place of registration, location of place of registration update, Social Security number, driver's license number, and Florida identification number. A voter's signature may be viewed but may not be copied.
(see section 97.0585, Florida Statutes)