Voter Registration Frequently Asked Questions
State and federal law require a voter registration application to be included when obtaining or renewing a driverís license, learnerís permit or non-driver identification card. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has enhanced its process to apply for voter registration for eligible citizens who go to DMV for license or state-issued identification card services.
If you have further questions regarding voter registration, please contact the registrar of voters in your town or The Office of the Secretary of State
at (800) 540-3764 or (860) 509-6100 (TDD, 800-303-3161)
Who can apply to register to vote through DMV?
To apply for voter registration through DMV you must have a Connecticut driverís license, learnerís permit or non-driver identification card, and YOU MUST:
- Be a United States citizen;
- Be a resident of a Connecticut city or town;
- Be at least 17 years old and will be at least 18 years old on or before election day; and
- Not have been convicted of a disfranchising felony, or, if so, be eligible to register to vote.
How do I apply for voter registration or change my party affiliation through DMV?
You can apply for voter registration or update your voter registration information at your local DMV office at any time. You will be offered the opportunity to apply for voter registration or update your voter registration information when you apply for, renew or replace a driverís license, learnerís permit or identification card. DMV will provide you with a receipt and if you have chosen to apply for voter registration, will transmit your voter registration application information to election officials.
If I apply to register to vote through DMV, am I automatically registered?
No, you are not officially registered to vote until your application is approved by the registrar of voters in the town where you live.
How long after I apply to register to vote or update my voter registration information will I receive confirmation from my local Registrar of Voters?
You should receive a confirmation notice in approximately three (3) weeks from the registrar of voters in your city or town of residence to confirm that your application has been received and accepted. If you do not, please contact your local registrar of voters.
I am already registered to vote and do not wish to change my party affiliation or I do not want to register to vote through DMV. Can I decline?
Yes. Declining at DMV will not affect your current voter registration status. The particular office at which you register to vote, or whether you decline to register, remains confidential and will be used only for voter registration purposes.
How do I change my address for voter registration purposes?
If you are changing your address with the DMV, your change of address form will be used to update your voter registration record unless you indicate on the form that the change of address is NOT for voter registration purposes (opt out).
I do not want to change my address for voter registration purposes. Can I opt out?
Yes. If you do not want your address changed for voter registration purposes, you may check a box on your change of address form to indicate that the change of address is NOT for voter registration purposes.