Register to Vote

Although you can register any time during the year, your form must be delivered or mailed at least 25 days before the next election for it to be effective for that election.

Register by Mail

Download the Voter Registration Form: English (pdf) Spanish (pdf) Chinese (pdf) Korean (pdf) Bengali (pdf)

Voter Registration forms with prepaid postage are also available for pickup at the Board of Elections (find a BOE office in your county here), libraries, post offices, most New York City Government agencies, and the League of Women Voters of the City of New York. If you would like a registration form mailed to you, call the Board of Elections at 1-866-VOTE-NYC.

Fill out a Voter Registration Application using only a pen with blue or black ink. Be sure to sign the form.

Mail (DO NOT FAX) the Voter Registration Form to: Board of Elections in the City of New York 32 Broadway, 7 Fl New York, NY 10004-1609 OR your county's Board of Elections

Registering in Person

Register in person at any of the Board of Elections offices throughout the five Boroughs Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM:

Bronx - 1780 Grand Concourse, 5 Fl Bronx, NY 10457

Brooklyn - 345 Adams Street, 4 Fl Brooklyn, NY 11201

Queens - 118-35 Queens Boulevard, 11 Fl Forest Hills, NY 11375

Manhattan - 200 Varick Street, 10 Fl New York, NY 10014

Staten Island - 1 Edgewater Plaza, 4 Fl Staten Island, NY 10305

Registering Online

If you have a New York State driver’s license or DMV-issued nondriver’s identification card you can use New York’s MyDMV service to register to vote online.

Registration Dates

Aug. 18 Mail Registration for Primary: Last day to postmark application for primary and last day it must be received by board of elections is Aug. 23.

Aug. 18 In person registration for Primary: Last day application must be received by board of elections to be eligible to vote in primary election.

Oct. 13 Mail Registration for General: Last day to postmark application for general election and last day it must be received by board of elections by Oct. 18.

Oct. 13 In person registration for General: Last day application must be received by board of elections to be eligible to vote in general election. If honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since October 13th, you may register in person at the board of elections up until October 28th.

Qualifications to be a Voter in New York City

To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:

    1. be a citizen of the United States (Includes those persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

    2. be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.

    3. be 18 years of age before the next election.

    4. not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.

    5. not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.

    6. not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).

Regarding identification for first time voters

The "Help America Vote Act" (HAVA) which was enacted into law in 2002, requires all first time voters, who registered by mail on or after January 1, 2003, to provide additional identification either on or with the voter registration application, i.e., the driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number. If you do not have a driver's license or social security number, you may use a valid photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or some other government document that shows your name and address.

You may include a copy of one of those types of ID when you mail the Registration Form. If the Board of Elections is unable to verify your identity before Election Day, you will be asked for an ID when you vote for the first time.

Voter Registration Status

Check your voter registration information on the New York State Voter Lookup website. Problems with your Voter Registration Status? Contact the Board of Election 212-487-5400 or

Updating Your Registration Information

You MUST update information such as a change in name, address, or party enrollment in order to stay registered to vote.

MyDMV service allows you to update the information you have on file with the Board of Elections online.

You may also update your information by mail, using a new voter registration form.

Updating Registration Dates

Aug. 23 Changes of address for Primary received by this date must be processed.

Oct. 18 Changes of address for General received by this date must be processed.

Enrolling in a NYS Political Party

To vote in the Primary Election you must not only be registered to vote, but you must also be enrolled in an official political party recognized by the New York State Board of Elections. The Independence party, permits non-enrolled voters to participate in certain primary elections. In New York a political party is official as long as it has received 50,000 votes for Governor on its line. The official New York State political parties are listed here.

You can vote for any candidates on the ballot in the General Election, no matter which party you are enrolled in.

Change of Party Enrollment

The voter registration form should be used to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party. A change of enrollment received no later than 25 days before the general election shall be deposited in a sealed enrollment box and opened the first Tuesday following that general election and entered in the voter's registration record.

Oct. 13 Change of Party Enrollment: Last day to accept a change of enrollment.

Voter Registration Drives

The League of Women Voters offers training to individuals and organizations conducting voter registration drives. Check our events page for upcoming Train the Trainers Workshops and download the Voter Registration Training Guide updated January 2018 or contact us to schedule private training sessions at

The League receives requests to set up and staff voter registration tables at various organizations and locations throughout the five boroughs (like the voter registration event hosted by Common and Starbucks in the video). We are currently seeking volunteers. Let's work to improve New York State's ranking as 46th in the nation for voter turnout. If you would like to volunteer to do voter registration with the League of Women Voters, sign up here.

Want the League to register voters at your next event? Send an email to