Get registered to vote!
In order to register to vote, you must meet the following requirements:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old by the date of the election you wish to vote in
- A resident of a city/township in Michigan for at least 30 days (or will be by Election Day)
- Not serving a sentence in jail or prison.
You do not need a photo ID in order to register to vote! If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign a simple form saying that and still register.
Find out if you’re registered at your current address here.
Prior to October 19, you can register any of these ways:
- At any Secretary of State branch office
- At your city/township clerk’s office or your county clerk’s office
- Through a registration drive
- At any state agency that provides public assistance or services to people with disabilities
- By mailing in this form to your local clerk’s office. (The form is available in several languages other than English here.)
Find your city/township clerk’s office and hours here.
Online registration is only available if you have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID. You do not need a Michigan driver’s license or state ID to register using the paper form.
From October 19 through Election Day (November 2), you can still register but only in person at your city/township clerk’s office. You’ll need to bring proof of residency to register during this period. You don’t need proof of residency before October 19.
Driver’s license or state ID; utility bill; bank statement; paycheck; government check; other government document. Documents must have your name and an address in the community where you are registering. Electronic copies are okay.
No. If you register to vote in person, you will be asked for a photo ID. If you don’t have one, you can sign a simple form stating that.
If you register by mail or through a voter registration drive, write your Michigan driver’s license or personal ID number, or the last four digits of your social security number on the voter registration application where indicated.
When you move, you should update your voter registration. There is no charge for this.
- Online: If you have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID, you can update your voter registration address online here.
- By Mail: You can update your voter registration address by mail with this form.
- In Person: You can update your voter registration address in person at any Secretary of State branch office, or at your city/township clerk’s office.
Michigan allows for only one address for voter registration and for your driver’s license or state ID. If you change your address on one, it will automatically change the other. The Secretary of State will mail you a sticker with your new address to put on your license or ID card.
Students who come from Michigan and attend a school in Michigan can register to vote at their school address or their home address. Students coming from Michigan who attend a school outside of Michigan can still register to vote at their home address in Michigan. Students who are not from Michigan but are attending school in Michigan can register to vote at their school address in Michigan. For questions about registering to vote in other states, check out the resources on voting in that state.
If you have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID card, and you are registered to vote in Michigan, your voter registration address and the address on your ID will be the same. If you change the address on one, it will automatically change the other. The Secretary of State will mail you a sticker with your new address to place on your license or ID card.
The only time you cannot register and vote is when you are serving a sentence in jail or prison.
You can register to vote and vote:
- If you are in jail but have not been sentenced;
- If you are serving a sentence but are not in jail or prison;
- If you are on probation or parole but are not in jail or prison; or
- If you served your sentence and are no longer in jail or prison.
If you don’t have a home, you can register to vote using a street corner, park, shelter or any other place where you usually stay as your address. The address can be a local shelter, advocacy organization, outreach center, or someone who will accept mail for you.
Yes. Go to https://www.fvap.gov/ for information on requesting an absentee ballot if you’re a U.S. citizen living out of the county.