Student Voter Registration Information
Pre-registration allows teens the ability to register to vote early, which can prevent potential delays, such as missing the voter registration deadline of 15 days before any election day.
You can register to vote:
• If you are a United States citizen and a CA resident,
• Will be 18 years or older by Election Day.
*If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you can pre-register
Pre-registration is simple and easy to do online or via a paper application. To pre-register, simply fill out the form online at the Secretary of State’s website or visit any DMV, many post offices, public libraries, or government offices for a paper application. One can also be requested from your county elections office. To obtain a voter registration application via mail, call (800) 345-VOTE (8643).
If students do not have a California driver’s license or identification card number, they can still use the online form to apply to register.
Pre-registration does not change the voting age, which is 18 years old; it simply gives high school students sufficient time to become informed voters. Once 18, a postcard will be sent to their address saying their registration is active. In the next election, voters will automatically receive their election-related materials.
For more information visit the Secretary of State’s website.
Click on the links below to access the files: (English & Spanish)
Quick Guide: California Voter Registration/Pre-Registration Application
Guia rapida: Inscripcion de votante/Solicitud de preinscripcion de California