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Voter Registration Basics

How and Where to Register
Registering to vote is the first step every citizen takes to become an eligible voter. Once registered, you can begin to strengthen our democracy by participating in elections and even working at one of our polling places. 

You may register by using our online tool (instructions are included).  You may also use a printed Voter Registration Form that can be found in person at public libraries, city and county offices, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and at U.S. Post Offices.  Mailing instructions are located on the form.

Register to vote now using online tool ►

Military and Overseas Voters
Orange County voters who are overseas or in the military may register and apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by completing a Federal Post Card Application form.  Our unique online portal will guide you through this process.  If you are unsure about your voting status, or need additional assistance contact our Military and Overseas specialist directly at 714-567-7560.

Visit our online Military and Overseas portal ►

First Time Voters and Qualifications
If you registered online or by mail, you may have to show identification when you vote for the first time. Federal law governs the types of identification allowable to prove residency. You'll also find the basic qualifications and information on new citizen voter registration by visiting this section.

Learn more about voter registration rules and regulations ►

Changing, Cancelling or Updating Your Voter Registration
Whether you've moved, changed your political affiliation (party), changed your name, or need to notify us of someone no longer living at your address we have all of the tools you'll need to complete these tasks. Plus if you know of a recently deceased voter you may also notify us of these changes.

Update, change, or cancel voter registration ►