You can apply to register to vote right now by filling in the online application. The application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. If you have any questions, contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) or by email.
If you are enrolled in California's confidential address program, Safe At Home, please do not apply to register to vote using this site. Contact the Safe At Home program toll-free at (877) 322-5227 or by the Safe At Home email.
Qualifications to Register to Vote
To register to vote in California, you must be:
Qualifications to Pre-register to Vote
To pre-register to vote in California, you must:
You will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.
Please do NOT use this form to register or re-register to vote if you are enrolled in a confidential address program such as Safe at Home. If sharing your address could put you in life-threatening danger, you may be eligible to register to vote confidentially. For more information, contact the Safe at Home program at (877) 322-5227
Conditional Voter Registration
In elections conducted by your county elections official, you can "conditionally" register and vote at your county elections office after the 15-day voter registration deadline. For more information please go to Secretary of States Conditional Voter Registration page.
College Students and Voters Living Abroad
If you are a Californian living away from home while attending a college, trade school or technical school, or a voter living temporarily outside the United States, please see College Students and Voters Living Abroad.
Are You Already Registered to Vote?
To find out if you are currently registered to vote within Alameda County, visit My Voter Profile. To check if you are registered to vote in any other California county, visit Check Status of Your Voter Registration.
When to Re-Register to Vote
You need to re-register to vote when:
As a California voter, be aware that local elections in some areas are held on dates that do not coincide with statewide election dates. The 15-day close of registration deadline for these local elections varies depending on the actual date of the election. If you need to know a deadline for a local election, visit the calendar.
How to Cancel My Registration
If you are currently registered to vote in California and would like to cancel your voter registration, you can complete the California Voter Registration Cancellation Request Form (this link will direct you to the California Secretary of State's website) and submit it to:
Alameda County Registrar of Voters
1225 Fallon Street, Room G1
Oakland, California, 94612
Voter Registration Drives
Anyone distributing voter registration cards in California should be familiar with the rules and regulations for conducting voter registration drives.
Registration classes are provided by the Registrar of Voters' office. In order to obtain more than 50 registration cards, a person must first attend a registration class.
Voter Registration Statistics
The Secretary of State is responsible for producing a statistical report detailing voter registration numbers in California. To view these reports, please go to Voter Registration Statistics.
Voter Bill of Rights
The law prohibits your voter registration information from being used for commercial purposes. Report any problems to the Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683). For additional information regarding your voting rights, please go to Voter Bill of Rights.
If you would like to register using a paper voter registration application, you can pick one up at the Registrar of Voters Office, located in the Rene C. Davison Courthouse at 1225 Fallon Street, Room G1, Oakland, California. Forms are also available at any public library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or U.S. post offices. It is important that your voter registration application is filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before an election.
To request a paper voter registration application be mailed to you, please call the Registrar of Voters at (510) 267-8683 or (800) 345-VOTE(8683)
Get Directions to Our Office
The voter registration deadline is always 15 days before an election, but please be advised that voters who register after the 29th day before an election may not receive a sample ballot due to the short turn-around time for mailing. However, voters should receive notice of the location of their polling place in the mail.