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or call (800) SBC-VOTE or (800) 722-8683.

Voter Registration – How and When

When to Update your Voter Registration

  1. If you have moved
  2. If you have changed your name
  3. If you wish to change your political party preference
  4. If your signature has changed


You may register to vote if:

  1. You are a citizen of the United States
  2. You are a resident of California
  3. You will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election
  4. You are not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony (for additional information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated please visit the Secretary of State's Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History page), and
  5. You are not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court

Pre-Registration for Under 18

If you are under 18, you may pre-register to vote if you meet the following qualifications:

  1. You are 16 or 17 years old, and
  2. You meet all of the other eligibility requirements to vote listed above 

You will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.

How to Register to Vote or Update your Voter Registration


For an online application you must provide your California Driver's license or State Identification number, date of birth and last four digits of your social security number. If the DMV has your signature and the information you provided matches their records, your signature will be provided electronically to complete your application.

IMPORTANT: If the DMV is unable to provide your signature, the online system will give you a choice to submit an incomplete application or print your own pre-filled voter registration. You must sign and mail the completed form to your county elections office.

  • Online applications are considered timely for an election if submitted by midnight on the last day to register. If you are required to print, sign and return your form by mail, please do so immediately. Your printed application will include a date and time stamp for our office to verify the timeliness of the application.
  • Please allow a minimum of 48 hours for online applications to process. Registration is not an automatic process and requires individual review.
  • Make sure all information is filled in correctly.

In Person

You may complete a Voter Registration Card at any Santa Barbara County Elections Office. (Not all offices have regular office hours. Please visit the Contact Us page for more information.) Voter Registration Cards are also available at many post offices, public libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and other government offices.

By Mail

You may request that a Voter Registration Card be mailed to you by calling the Santa Barbara County Elections Office at 1-800-SBC-VOTE (1-800-722-8683) or email the request.


Close of Registration

The deadline to register for any election is 15 days before the date of the Election, but eligible citizens still have the option to participate even if they do not register in time. For more information, see Conditional Voter Registration below.

Conditional Voter Registration


Eligible citizens who miss a voter registration deadline still have the option to participate. Under California Election Law, Conditional Voter Registration (CVR) allows a prospective voter to register through Election Day and cast a ballot.

Conditional Voter Registration must be completed in person at a designated elections office location. Please see the Upcoming Elections Page for location information for a specific election.


  1. If a prospective voter misses a registration deadline, they have the option to vote by visiting the designated elections office location(s) and completing a CVR application and voter registration.
  2. After completing the CVR application and voter registration, the voter will be issued a ballot.
  3. Once the CVR application and voter registration are verified, the registration will become active. If the voter is eligible to vote in the election and has cast no other ballots, the ballot will be counted. The voter may then vote in any future election in which they are eligible to participate.