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faqs - voter registration

HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE

You can register by going to your county, city or township clerk's office or you can go to your local Secretary of State office.

Other ways to register to vote require you to vote in person the first time you vote (no absentee ballots for you). See below for more information.

You can register at the same time you apply for or renew your driver's license. Eligible drivers should receive voter registration applications in the mail with their driver's license renewal information.

If you have never registered to vote in Michigan and want to mail in your registration application, you will need to provide identification information along with your application. You must either enter your driver's license number or personal ID card number on the form OR send a copy of one of these forms of ID with your application: PHOTOCOPY of your driver's license or personal ID care or a photocopy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank document or government document that lists both your name and your address. 

For more information, visit the Michigan Secretary of State's website.
 
To confirm your registration and find out where your precinct is, click here.

HOW LONG BEFORE THE ELECTION MUST I REGISTER

You must register at least 30 days prior to an election.

IF I SEND IN MY REGISTRATION FORM, ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS?

If you have never voted in Michigan and submit the form by mail or through a third party (give the form to someone to turn in for you, including at voter registration drives), you must appear in person to vote in the first election in which you want to vote. There are several exceptions:

  • You are 60 years of age or more
  • You are disabled
  • You are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

If you personally hand-deliver the form to your county, city or township clerk's office instead of mailing the form, that is considered registering in person.

HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO REGISTER?

Unless you move or change your name, you need to register only once.