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The State Board of Elections (SBE) was created in 1946 as a bipartisan agency responsible for ensuring uniformity, fairness, accuracy and purity in all elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The agency promotes the proper administration of election laws, campaign finance disclosure compliance, and voter registration processes in Virginia by promulgating rules, regulations, issuing instructions, and providing information to local electoral boards and general registrars. In addition, the agency maintains a centralized database of state-wide voter registration and election related data.
You may make a change of address, name or other information by sending a letter to your General Registrar, completing an address change notification provided by the DMV, using the form on the back of your voter card, or by using the Virginia Voter Registration Application Form.
To view your current registration status, please click here.
Letters should be addressed to the Voter Registration office for the city or county in which you live (contact information is located on the Virginia Voter Registration Application Form). Letters should include the following information:
Enough information to identify you - such as the social security number
Address change notification forms are provided at your local DMV.
To update your voter registration information using the Virginia Voter Registration Application Form, please follow the instructions below:
Download the form using this link - Voter Registration Application.
A daytime telephone number is useful should your General Registrar need to contact you regarding your request.
Send the completed form to the Voter Registration Office for the county or city where you live. The form may be faxed, mailed or delivered in person.
Requests must be POSTMARKED at least 22 days before the next Primary or General Election in which you plan to vote.
You should receive a Voter Card in the mail. ** If you do not receive this acknowledgement within 30 days after mailing this form, please contact your city or county voter registration office or the State Board of Elections.
If you have any questions regarding your voter registration status, please contact your local Voter Registration Office.
Updating Your Name or Address
To remain a qualified registered voter, the law requires you to notify your local registration office of any change in your name or address. This must be done before the registration books close for the next election. See Registration Deadlines for additional information on close of registration books. Changes cannot be made during the 21 day period before any general or primary election or during the 12 day period before a special election.
Moving within the Commonwealth
If you moved your residence from one precinct to another within the Commonwealth, you may vote in the precinct from which you have moved in the following November general election and any intervening election unless your registration has been transferred or cancelled. You may continue to vote in the precinct from which you have moved, for federal offices only, through the second general and intervening elections for federal office, provided that (i) you have moved your residence from one precinct to another in the same jurisdiction and the same congressional district; (ii) you have failed to respond to the confirmation of address notice mailed to you by the State Board of Elections or your local registration office (as provided in § 24.2-428 of the Code of Virginia); (iii) your registration has not been transferred or cancelled; and (iv) you have affirmed orally or in writing your new address before an officer of election at the polling place.
Moving Outside of the Commonwealth
Persons moving from the state within 30 days of a presidential election are entitled to vote in the precinct in which they were previously registered (immediately prior to moving) for presidential electors only. You must mark your absentee ballot application with the words "APPLY FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ONLY" and indicate the date you moved from the precinct. If returning to your old precinct to vote in person, you must tell the election official, before voting, that you have moved out of state within the 30 days prior to the election. Whether voting by absentee ballot or in person, you will only be given the ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors.