Federal and state laws require the MVA to assist customers (U.S. citizens who will be 18 years old or older by the next general election) in applying to register to vote, and/or updating their voting information. It is important to understand that the MVA does not actually register voters. Learn more about the MVA’s Motor Voter Program.
Please note that you are not a registered voter until you receive a voter notification card. If you do not receive the card within three weeks, contact your local board of elections.
How can the MVA assist me in applying to register to vote?
Only your local board of elections can register you to vote. However, the MVA offers several methods by which you can submit your voter registration application to the appropriate election board. The MVA also forwards any new address information you report on the voter registration application or change of address form so your local election board can update their records.
The chart below shows the different opportunities that you have to request the MVA’s assistance with registering to vote, or updating your registration information:
1. When you apply in person for driver services product (e.g., license renewal).
As part of the transaction, the customer agent will ask you to read and answer the voter registration questions displayed on the licensing system screen. Once you have completed the answers to the motor voter questions and certified the voter registration portion of the application, the MVA will electronically transmit your information to the Maryland State Board of Elections. Processing usually takes 2 to 3 weeks. You will then receive a voter notification card from your local board of elections.
2. When you return the Maryland Mail-In Driver’s License Renewal Application (form #DL-179A or #DL-179B)
Upon receipt of your renewal application, the MVA will tear off the bottom portion if completed (Maryland Voter Registration Application) and forward it to the Maryland State Board of Elections.
Only certain customers can renew their driver’s license by mail; all other persons must visit an MVA office to renew the license. For more information, see Renewing a Noncommercial Driver’s License.
3. By returning a Maryland Voter Registration Application form to an MVA office.
Upon receipt of your completed and signed voter registration application, the MVA will forward it to the Maryland State Board of Elections, or to your local board of elections.
There are several variations of this form provided by the MVA:
When you report a change of name and/or address using the Application for Maryland Change of Address (form #VR-154)
If you report a change in your name and/or address using this MVA form, the MVA will forward a copy to the Maryland State Board of Elections.
When you report a change of address through the MVA’s e-MVA Online Store or at an MVA kiosk
Note: In the section of the statewide voter registration application that asks the voter whether the voter wants to affiliate with a political party, the application shall list the recognized political parties in the state and include the following statement: "You must register with a political party if you want to take part in that political party's primary election, caucus, or convention. Check box only."
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