To participate in an election, Californians need to be registered to vote at least 15 days before Election Day.
For this and other important election deadlines, see Election Dates and Resources.
To register to vote, fill in the online voter registration application. You can also print a blank application or pick up an application at your county elections office, any Department of Motor Vehicles office, and many post offices, public libraries, and government offices. To have a paper application mailed to you call your county elections office or the Secretary of State's toll-free voter hotline at (800) 345-VOTE.
If you have a driver license or a California identification card, you must provide the number on the registration form. If you do not have one of those forms of identification, provide the last four digits of your social security number. If you do not have a social security number but are eligible to register to vote, you will be assigned a unique identifying number for voting purposes only.
Once you register you may participate in all state and local elections, and will not need to register to vote again unless you move to a new address, change your name or change your political party affiliation.
State law allows some new citizens and new state residents to register to vote and cast a ballot even when they will not become eligible until after the voter registration deadline for that election.