District of Columbia | Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
  • Mail-in and Online Registration Deadline: Received by Board of Elections by 21 days before Election Day

  • Eligible voters can also register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during the early voting period and on Election Day


  • Primary Election: June 2

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 13

  • General Election: November 3

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

DC’s voter registration form asks for your DC driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

All applicants must provide proof of DC residence by including a copy of a document showing their name and DC address. Students may present a tuition or housing bill from a District of Columbia college or university issued for the current academic or housing term.

A list of acceptable proof of residence documents is available at: https://www.vote4dc.com/Home/IDRequirements

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

You don’t have to show ID to vote in DC. If you register to vote during the early voting period or on Election Day, you will have to show proof of residence that includes your name and address.

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Check-Voter-Registration-Status

How Can I Vote?


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all registered DC voters will be sent an absentee ballot to their registered address by mail.

A list of drop-off sites for completed absentee ballots can be found at https://dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Mail-Ballot-Drop-Sites

By Mail

In Person

  • Eligible DC voters can register and cast a ballot during the early voting period. Voters can cast their ballot at any early voting location.

2020 Early Voting Periods:

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Washington D.C. affect my driver’s license or car registration?

A full-time student who is a resident of the District of Columbia is not required to obtain a D.C. license. For more information, visit the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles website at https://dmv.dc.gov/service/driver-licenses.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Washington, DC legal professional.


Last updated September 2020