Register to Vote

DEADLINE

THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN FLORIDA is 29 days prior to any election unless the voter qualifies for late registration. Late registration is available for any individual or accompanying family member who has been discharged or separated from the uniformed services or the United States Merchant Marine, has returned from a military deployment or activation, or has separated from employment outside the territorial limits of the United States, after the book-closing date for an election and who is otherwise qualified. Such a person may register to vote in said election until 5 p.m. on the Friday before that election in the office of the Supervisor of Elections. Such person must produce sufficient documentation showing evidence of qualifying for late registration.

HOW TO REGISTER: TWO OPTIONS

In Florida, a person may register to vote in two ways: (1) ONLINE or (2) BY COMPLETING A PAPER APPLICATION and submitting it to the Supervisor of Elections.

OPTION (1)
REGISTERING TO VOTE ONLINE

IMPORTANT! IN ORDER TO REGISTER ONLINE, you must provide a Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card number AND the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have a Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card number, then you may register by completing and returning a paper application (option 2). Many questions about voter registration are addressed in Frequently Asked Questions and Quick Links. PLEASE BE AWARE that, if you vote by mail: for a voted ballot to be counted, the signature you return with your voted ballot must match the signature on file with the Supervisor of Elections. When you register online, the signature that will be on your voter registration record will be the signature from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) unless and until you update your signature with the Supervisor of Elections.

PLEASE BE AWARE: IF YOU REGISTER ONLINE, then you are NOT automatically scheduled to have vote-by-mail ballots sent to you. If you would like vote-by-mail ballots sent to you, then you must request them after you register online. An online registration submission may take up to several days to be processed. IF YOU REQUEST BALLOTS AFTER REGISTERING, please CONFIRM FIRST THAT YOU ARE REGISTERED PRIOR TO REQUESTING BALLOTS by either (a) contacting the Military and Overseas Voting Team or (b) checking your voter status.

I want to register online.

If you do not receive a voter information card within two weeks of registering, or if you have any questions, please contact the Military and Overseas Voting Team. (Whom do I contact if I’m a civilian voter living within the United States and its territories?)


OPTION (2)
REGISTERING TO VOTE BY COMPLETING A PAPER APPLICATION

To register by completing a paper application, there are four steps: CHOOSE an application, PRINT (or request or pick up) the application, COMPLETE the application, and MAIL (or deliver or have delivered) your completed application.

STEP 1: CHOOSE an application. Choose either

Federal Post Card Application (FPCA): Use this application IF you are (1) a uniformed services or Merchant Marine member living outside Duval County; a spouse or dependent of such member and living outside Duval County; or an overseas voter AND (2) you would like to register to vote AND (3) you would like to request vote-by-mail ballots.

OR

Florida Voter Registration Application (FVRA): Use this application IF you are a uniformed services or Merchant Marine member living within Duval County OR a spouse or dependent of such member and living within Duval County. (How do I register if I am a civilian voter living within the United States and its territories?) This form will NOT serve as a request for vote-by-mail ballots. If you would like to vote by mail, you will need to request vote-by-mail ballots after you register to vote.

STEP 2: PRINT (or request or pick up) the application.

Print the appropriate application above. Other ways to obtain an application are

• By requesting that the Supervisor of Elections mail an application to you by contacting the Military and Overseas Voting Team. (Whom do I contact if I’m a civilian voter living within the United States and its territories?)

OR

• By visiting the Supervisor of Elections Office (105 E. Monroe St., Jacksonville, FL 32202) where you may complete and drop off the application.

Additionally, Florida Voter Registration Applications (FVRAs) are available at any Jacksonville Public Library where there is also a drop box for completed applications.

STEP 3: COMPLETE the application with handwritten signature.

STEP 4: MAIL (or deliver or have delivered) your original application to

UOCAVA Team 
Supervisor of Elections Office 
105 East Monroe Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What if I do not have a Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card?
A: If you do not have a Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card, then you may use the last four digits of your Social Security number to register to vote in Florida, but you must register by submitting a completed paper application (online voter registration requires either a Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card number.)
Q: For voting, what should I use for my Duval County legal residence address (item 2 on the Federal Post Card Application; item 7 on the Florida Voter Registration Application)?
A: To register to vote in Duval County, you are required to provide a Duval County legal residence address, and you must live or have lived in Duval County with the intention of remaining a resident in the county. Your Duval County legal residence address for voting may either be (a) the address where you live in Duval County (see options below if you live on base in Jacksonville); OR (b) for overseas citizens, the last address where you resided immediately prior to leaving the U.S.A. (if you are an overseas citizen using this option and if this address is not in Duval County, you will need to register in the county where that address lies); OR (c) if you are temporarily living outside Duval County and are not currently maintaining a residence address within Duval County, you are permitted to use the address of our office (105 E. Monroe St., Jacksonville, FL 32202). If you use 105 E. Monroe St. as your legal residence address for voting, you must have had some prior physical presence and residence in the county AND you must provide a mailing address.
 

If your Duval County residence address is ON BASE in Jacksonville, then please use one of the following addresses for the residence address:

• If your Duval County residence address is on base at Naval Station Mayport, use the residence address 1 Mayport Naval Base, Jacksonville, FL 32228 If you use this address for your residence address, then you must also provide a mailing address.

• If your Duval County residence address is on base at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, use the residence address 1 Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL 32212 If you use this address for your residence address, then you must also provide a mailing address.

Q: What if I am temporarily residing outside Duval County and have no permanent address in Duval County?
A: If a person is temporarily residing outside Duval County and has no permanent address in Duval County AND it is the person’s intention to remain a resident of Duval County, then such person may use 105 E. Monroe St., Jacksonville, FL 32202, as the legal residence address. The person using this option must have had some prior physical presence and residence in the county. IMPORTANT!! If you use 105 East Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, as your legal residence address, you MUST provide a mailing address.
Q: If I register with a minor party or with no party affiliation (NPA), does that mean I can vote for anyone in a Florida primary election?
A: No. To vote for a specific candidate in a Florida primary election, you must be registered (by the deadline) as the same party of the candidate for whom you would like to vote. The deadline to change party affiliation prior to a primary election is 29 days prior to the primary election.
Q: Is a digital signature acceptable for voter registration in Florida?
A: A complete voter registration application must contain the original handwritten signature, or a digital signature transmitted by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The only digital signatures the Supervisor of Elections can accept for voter registration are those received directly from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

 


For new registrants (unless you register online), you MUST mail (or drop off or have delivered) your ORIGINAL, hand-signed application to the Supervisor of Elections for your application to be considered “complete.” With new registrations, applications submitted by email or fax will NOT be considered complete until the original application is received by the Supervisor of Elections. To make the deadline, the complete, original application must be received by the deadline.

Completed applications may also be dropped off in the voter registration drop box at any Jacksonville Public Library during that library’s business hours.

If you do not receive a voter information card within two weeks of registering, or if you have any questions, please contact the Military and Overseas Voting Team. (Whom do I contact if I’m a civilian voter living within the United States and its territories?)

Sections 97.052, 97.0525, 97.053, 97.055(1)(a), 97.0555, 97.058, 97.0585, 101.021, 101.045(1), 101.62, Fla. Stat. (2021)

DE Reference Guide 003 (2018)