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Voter Information

Voter Registration

Voter Registration

You are eligible to register to vote if you are

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A resident of Virginia;
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the date of the next general election;
  • Not registered and are not planning to vote in another state;
  • and have not had your voting rights removed by a court.


If you are already registered, you do not have to re-register unless you have moved or changed your name. However, to remain a qualified voter in all elections, you must notify your General Registrar of any change in name or address in a timely manner. You can check to see if you are registered by calling your General Registrar (see phone numbers below), or by going online to, where you can also change your name or address on your voter registration record.


If you have a current Virginia driver's license or ID issued by the DMV, you can register online by going to You can also download and print the registration application form from that web- site or from and take or mail it to your voter registration office (address on form). Voter Registration Application forms are also available at your voter registration office, DMV offices, most public libraries and state and local government offices. Complete and take the form in person or mail to your voter registration office.

Election Offices in Northern Virginia

Alexandria City General Registrar
132 North Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3283
phone 703-838-4050

Arlington County General Registrar
2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 320
Arlington,Virginia 22201-5400
phone 703-228-3456

Fairfax County General Registrar
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-0081
phone 703-222-0776
recorded message: 703-324-4700
fax: 703-324-2205

Fairfax City General Registrar
Sisson House
10455 Armstrong Street
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-3640
phone 703-385-7890

Falls Church City General Registrar
300 Park Avenue, Room 101E
Falls Church, Virginia 22046-3332
phone 703-248-5085

Loudoun County General Registrar
750 Miller Drive, SE, Ste C
Leesburg,Virginia 20175-8916
phone 703-777-0380

Prince William County General Registrar
9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1
Manassas, Virginia 20110-5554
phone 703-792-6470

Virginia Department of Elections
Washington Building
1100 Bank Street, First Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone (804) 864-8901
Toll Free (800) 552-9745
Fax (804) 371-0194


Voter Registration Applications are accepted year round. The deadline to register or update your information is the 22nd day before the election date. Applications arriving between the 22nd day before the election and Election Day will be processed after that election. Contact your General Registrar for additional information.

Important Information about Election Day

Important Information about Election Day
  • The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for all elections.
  • Voting information is available in Spanish in Fairfax County.
  • Check your current Voter Information Card for your correct polling place. You may also check with, or call 703- 222-0776 in Fairfax County or 703-385-7890 in Fairfax City.
  • All polling sites offer "curbside voting" for voters at least 65 years of age or with a physical disability.
  • In Virginia, a photo ID is required by law to vote. A complete list of acceptable forms of ID is available at (casting a ballot). If you do not have an acceptable ID, you can apply for a free Virginia voter photo ID at any local voter registration office throughout the year.

Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting

Registered voters who meet the eligibility requirements may vote by absentee ballot. Call or visit the website of your local Office of Elections for a list of the requirements or visit absentee-voting/ for complete information. There are special provisions for military, and overseas voters and emergencies.


The application for an absentee ballot to be sent by mail can be downloaded from or you may request an application by contacting your Office of Elections by mail, Fax, or e-mail (absentee for County residents), or obtain one from local government offices and libraries. Applications may be submitted up to twelve months prior to an election, but must be received by your Office of Elections no later than 5 p.m. on the seventh day prior to an election. Voted ballots must be received in the Office of Election by 7 p.m. on Election Day. They are not accepted at polling locations.


Registered County and City voters who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for, and vote, an absentee ballot in person in the Office of Elections beginning 45 days before a general or primary election or, if a County resident, at designated satellite locations on a more limited schedule. In-person absentee voting is available through the Saturday before each Election Day.