DMV reminds New Yorkers of approaching deadline to register to vote in primary election

June 3 is Deadline to Register In Person Or Through DMV Website for This Year’s Primaries

Mailed Registration Applications Must Be Postmarked No Later Than June 3

WATERTOWN, NY ––  The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today reminded New Yorkers who wish to vote in the upcoming Primary Election that the deadline to register online through the DMV or in person at their local Board of Elections (BOE) is June 3, 2022. Mailed registration applications must be postmarked no later than June 3, 2022 and received by the BOE no later than June 8, 2022 for the applicant to be eligible to vote in the Primary.

This year, Primary Election Day in New York State is June 28.

“Voting is our sacred right, patriotic duty and the cornerstone of our democracy,” said DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder. “It is also one of the most-important ways we participate in our democracy, and we are pleased to facilitate that participation by offering New Yorkers a convenient, easy and secure way to apply to register to vote or update voter registration information.”

New Yorkers can easily apply to register to vote or change their enrollment information using the online voter registration application service on the DMV website.

To apply to register using the DMV website, customers must enter information from their New York State driver license, permit, or non-driver ID, their date of birth, current zip code, last four digits of their Social Security Number, and their email address. The information provided is validated to ensure accuracy and security.

The DMV does not approve or deny voter registration applications. Upon completion, DMV sends the voter registration applications to the County Board of Elections for review and action. Once processed, the county will notify the applicants either that they are registered to vote or that additional information is needed to complete the application. Additionally, New Yorkers can use the New York State Board of Elections‘ website to check their voter registration status.

To be eligible to vote in New York, you must:

  • be a United States citizen;

  • be 18 years old (you may pre-register at 16 or 17 but cannot vote until you are 18);

  • be a resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election;

  • not be in prison for a felony conviction;

  • not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;

  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere.