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How and Where to Register to Vote

There are 4 convenient ways to register to vote or update your registration. Use this page to learn how.

You must register to vote at the address where you actually live – your residence address. Owning property or a business in a county does not make you a resident of that county.

To register to vote:

 

  1. Fill out a voter registration application form. 
  2. Your county voter registration office reviews the form.  
  3. If your registration is accepted, you will get a voter registration card in the mail. The voter registration card will show your name, address, party affiliation, and the address where you will vote. 

 

You have 4 ways to register to vote. You can register:

 

Check mark on computer monitor  Register to vote online

You can register to vote using Pennsylvania’s accessible online form.

Illustrations of the three steps for registering to vote.

1. Fill in the form on a laptop, tablet, or mobile device.2. Your county elections office will review the application.3. When your registration is complete, you will receive your voter registration card in the mail.

Before you begin, be sure to have your Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card handy. If you don’t have one, you can upload a signature or print and sign the form.

Once you submit your online application, it will go to the appropriate county voter registration office for processing.

If your voter registration card does not come in the mail within 14 days, contact your county voter registration office.

More information about registering to vote online

How to use online voter registration

 

check mark in front of an envelope  Register to vote by U.S. Mail

If you prefer to use a paper form, you can download the Pennsylvania Voter Registration Application. Print it, then fill it in, sign it and send it to your county voter registration office.

Alt text: illustrations showing the 5 steps to register with a paper form

1. Fill in the paper application. Be sure to sign your name at the bottom. 
2. Address the envelope to your county voter registration office.3. Be sure to put a stamp on the envelope before you mail it. 
4. Your county elections office will review the application. 

5. When your registration is complete, you will receive your voter registration card in the mail. 


Pennsylvania Voter Registration Application (English)

The Voter Registration Application is also available in Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese, and Vietnamese. 

 


check mark in front of a person icon  Register to vote in person

You can register to vote in your county at the county voter registration office or any of the government agencies listed below.

Illustrations showing the 4 steps to register to vote in person.

1. Fill in the paper
application. Be sure to sign your name at the bottom.
2. Give the completed form to the clerk.
3. The clerk will check the information on your application. 
4. When your registration is complete, you will receive your voter registration card in the mail. 


Find your county voter registration office.


PennDOT logo  Register to vote at PennDOT

You can register to vote at any Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) photo or driver’s license center when you obtain or update your driver's license.

Find a PennDOT location near you

You can also register to vote at many state government offices, including:

  • State offices that provide public assistance and services to persons with disabilities
  • Armed Forces Recruitment Centers
  • County Clerk of Orphans' Court offices, including each Marriage License Bureau
  • Area Agencies on Aging
  • Centers for Independent Living
  • County Mental Health and Mental Retardation offices
  • Student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education
  • Offices of Special Education
  • DA Complementary Paratransit offices
  • Any agency using the Compass application

 

Forms for voter registration drives

The Secretary of the Commonwealth and all county voter registration offices will provide printed copies of the Voter Registration Application to anyone who asks for them. This includes candidates, political parties or organizations, and other federal, state and municipal offices.

To request copies of the Voter Registration Application email  ST-VOTERREG@pa.gov or call 1-877-868-3772. Be sure to include the number of voter registration forms you want.