To register to vote you must be :
- A U.S. citizen;
- At least 18 years of age by election day;
- A resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.
You can register to vote for federal, state, and local elections by mail; at your county, city, or township clerk's office; or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office. In addition, specified agencies providing services through the Family Independence Agency, the Department of Community Health, and the Department of Career Development offer voter registration services to their clients. Military recruitment centers also provide voter registration services.
You must register at least 30 days before the election. This gives the clerk time to process the forms and send you a Voter Identification Card.
Whenever you move to a new city or township, you must re-register to vote. If you move within a city or township, you must update your address. This can be handled through your local clerk, at a Secretary of State branch office, or by mail. Michigan voters must use the same residential address for voter registration and driver license purposes. Consequently, if you submit a driver license address change, it will be applied to your voter registration. Similarly, if you submit a voter registration address change, it will be applied to your driver license.
A mail-in voter registration form (pdf file) can be obtained by contacting your county or local clerk's office. If you register by mail, you must vote in person at your assigned precinct the first time you vote, unless you are:
- Disabled as defined by state law
- 60 years of age or older
- Temporarily residing overseas
If you are temporarily outside the U.S., you may use a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form to register. The FPCA forms are distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases. A Michigan resident who moves and registers out of state may not re-register to vote in Michigan until he or she reestablishes residency here.
You may also register at the same time you renew your driver license by mail. Eligible drivers receive a voter registration application in the mail with their driver license renewal information.