You must register before you can vote in an election. Read below for information on how you can register to vote in Florida.
Voter Registration Requirements
To register to vote you must meet these requirements:
- American citizen
- Florida resident
- At least 18 years old
- If you are 16 or 17 years old and meet all other requirements, you can pre-register to vote. Follow the instructions below to complete and submit your voter registration application. When you turn 18, your pre-registration will automatically convert to an active registration and we will mail you your voter information card.
You can lose your right to vote under these conditions:
- If you are "adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting" by a court, you lose your right to vote. Your right to vote must then be restored by the court.
- If you are convicted of a felony, you lose your right to vote. However, with a few exceptions, your right to vote is restored when you complete all terms of your sentence.
Where and How do I Register to Vote?
You can use any of these options to register to vote.
You can register to vote online by visiting RegistertoVoteFlorida.gov, Florida's online voter registration system.
You will need your Florida driver's license or ID card, and the last four digits of your Social Security number to register completely online.
If you do not have a Florida Driver's license or ID card, you can use the system to generate a paper voter registration application. You can then print and mail the paper application.
Register by Mail
You can register through the mail by completing a Florida Voter Registration Application (PDF) and mailing it to our office:
- Leon County Supervisor of Elections Office
- P.O. Box 7357
- Tallahassee, FL 32314
If you do not have access to a printer, you can call us at (850) 606-8683 and we will mail you an application.
Register When Getting a Florida Driver's License or ID Card
You can register when you apply for a driver’s license or ID card at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or the Leon County Tax Collector’s Office.
For further information about driver's licenses and ID cards, please visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.
Register in Person
You can register in person at our office or at any of the other government offices listed below:
Voter Registration Deadline
You can register to vote at any time. However, to vote in an election you must be registered 29 days before that election.
- If you are registering online, you must submit the application by the deadline.
- If you are registering by mail, your application must be postmarked by the deadline
- If you are registering in person, your application must be received by our office, or an authorized government office, by the deadline.
2024 Voter Registration Deadlines
- Presidential Preference Primary Election: February 20
- Primary Election: July 22
- General Election: October 7
What Happens Once I Submit my Voter Registration Application?
We will enter your information into the Florida Voter Registration System. We check your information to make sure that you are a real person who meets the registration requirements. If there is a problem with your application, we will try to contact you.
After we process your application, we will mail you a voter information card. The card lists your party affiliation, where you vote on Election Day, and other information. Review the card to make sure your information is correct. The card cannot be used as a form of ID at the polls.
Once you are registered, you can use the Voter Information Lookup to find your current voter registration status and other information.
How Does my Party Affiliation Affect Voting in Florida?
You are not required to register with a political party. However, Florida is a “closed primary” election state. The races and candidates that appear on your primary election ballot depend on your party affiliation.
You may only vote in a partisan race in a primary election if you are a registered member of that political party. However, there are non-partisan races on the primary ballot. You can vote in these races regardless of your party affiliation.
In addition, if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation, and the winner of the primary will be elected to office, then you can vote in that race regardless of party affiliation. This is known as an “universal primary.”
In a general election, you can vote for any candidates on your ballot, regardless of party affiliation.
You can view a list of political parties on the Division of Elections Political Party webpage.
Voter Information is Public Record
Florida has a very broad public records law. Almost all voter information is a public record including your name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, phone number, and email address.
Some information is protected. Your Social Security number, driver’s license number or state ID card number, and the source of your voter registration application cannot be released. Your signature can be viewed, but not copied.
Whether you voted in an election is also a public record. However, your vote is secret. No one, including election workers, knows who you voted for.
Exemption from Public Release of Personal Information
If you or a family member have a high-risk profession or have been the victim of certain crimes, you can request that your information be protected. For more information, please see the Public Records Exemption form.