State Instructions — DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Updated: 10-10-2021

Registration Deadline — 21 days before the election if registering by mail, online, or via mobile app, but a voter may register in-person during early voting and on Election Day.

6. ID Number. Federal law now requires that all voter registration applications must include either the applicant’s driver’s license number or the last four digits of the applicant’s social security number in order to be processed.

7. Choice of Party. You must register with a party if you want to take part in that party’s primary election, caucus, or convention.

8. Race or Ethnic Group. Leave blank.

9. Signature. To vote in the District of Columbia you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a resident of the District of Columbia
  • Maintain residency in the District of Columbia for at least 30 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote
  • Not claim voting residence or the right to vote in another U.S. state or territory
  • Be at least 17 years old (You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old. You may vote in a primary election if you are at least 17 years old and you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election. You may vote in a general or special election if you are at least 18 years old).
  • Not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote

Mailing address:

District of Columbia Board of Elections

1015 Half Street, SE, Suite 750

Washington, DC 20003