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Registering to Vote

You may register to vote in Petersburg:
  • If you are a U. S. Citizen and a resident of Virginia
  • If you are a resident of Petersburg (a person who has come to Petersburg for temporary purposes and intends to return to another locality or another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes)
  • If you are 18 years old (or 17 and will be 18 at the next general election)
  • If you are not claiming the right to vote in any other State
  • If you are not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote has been restored, if required

How can I find out if I am already registered in Petersburg?
  • Call the Voter Registration & Elections Office at (804) 733-8071 or check the website "Am I Registered" topic
What if I've changed my name?
  • Complete a new Voter Registration Application, OR
  • Complete the back of your existing Voter Registration Card and mail it to (don't forget to SIGN!):
    Voter Registration & Elections
    PO Box 1031
    Petersburg, VA 23804-1031
    Or you may fax a change application to (804) 733-8080, or scan and email it to

What if I've moved?
What are the deadlines to register to vote, or change my name or address?
  • General Elections - 22 days before election
  • Primary Elections - 22 days before election
  • Special Elections - 13 days before election
  • Special Elections (called by Governor) - 7 days before election

How do I get a new Voter Identification Card?
  • Voter Identification Cards are no longer issued to voters. Use one of the many acceptable forms of Photo I.D. listed HERE at the Department of Elections website.
Where can I go to register to vote?
  • Military and others residing outside of the United States should contact their command Voting Assistance Officer or the Federal Voting Assistance Program for registration information.
  • Persons eligible to register can complete an application at any of the following locations from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except some holidays):
  • Voter Registration & Elections Office at 229 N. Market Street
  • Post Offices on Franklin Street & S. Crater Road
  • State Agencies designated as Voter Registration Sites:
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Rehabilitative Services
  • Department for the Visually Handicapped
  • Department of Game and Fisheries
  • Department for the Rights of Virginians with Disabilities
  • Applications may be obtained at the following locations:
  • State or local government offices when applying or recertifying for Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services
  • Government offices in the State that provide State-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to person with disabilities
  • Armed forces recruitment offices
  • Public libraries
  • State Board of Elections at Suite 1100 Bank St. , 1st floor. See Voter Registration Sites
  • Voter Registration Drives
  • Downloadable Application*
In Virginia Application>>
Out of Virginia Application »
Military Application>>

To ensure a successful registration:
  • Answer ALL questions
  • Complete ALL information blocks
  • Sign and date the registration application
  • Mail or hand-deliver completed application to:

    Voter Registration & Elections
    MAIL: PO Box 1031
    Petersburg, Va 23804-1031

    HAND DELIVER: 229 N. Market Street
    PETERSBURG, VA 23803
Failure to complete the form properly may result in delays or having your application denied. You must provide your social security number, if any, when applying to register to vote in Virginia. If you do not provide your social security number, your application for voter registration will be denied. State and local voting officials will use your social security number as a unique identifier to insure that no person is registered in more than one place. Records containing your social security number are only open to inspection by the public after removal of the social security number in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. Your social security number will appear on reports produced only for official use by voter registration and election officials, and for jury selection purposes by courts.
  • Submission deadlines apply for upcoming elections. If mailed, the application must be postmarked no later than the deadline. If delivered in person, the application must be received no later than the deadline.
  • An application postmarked or received after the submission deadline for an upcoming election is held and processed after the election.
  • Still have questions? Call (804) 733-8071


City of Petersburg - Virginia