How to Register to Vote in Nevada?
To vote in the U.S. citizens and residents first need to register to vote. There are several ways you can register to vote in Nevada. You can register through online applications at the Secretary of State or the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (NV DMV). Alternatively, you can also register using a hardcopy printed form from the DMV and other sources like your County Clerks or Registrar of Voter's Office or your City Clerk's Office.
Secretary of State
Individuals can register online if they have a Nevada driver’s license or identification (ID) card. There is a waiting period of 7 to 10 days for new licenses or IDs to be approved to receive this service. The forms for voter registration can be completed online, printed and then delivered or mailed to the applicable County Clerk or Registrar of Voters.
To view the online form, visit - https://www.nvsos.gov/SOSVoterRegForm/home.aspx
For a list of County Clerks and Voter Registrars of Voters, go to - https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/county-clerk-contact-information
The DMV has voter registration applications in English, Spanish, and Tagalog. The latter is available in most of its larger outlets. Once the applications are received, the DMV sends them to the relevant County Clerk or Registrar of Voters. The authority in charge of approving the application and completing the actual registration is the county official.
Qualifications required to register in Nevada
- Age – You should be a minimum of 18 years on or before the election date.
- Citizenship - You must be a citizen of the U.S.
- Residency - You must be a resident of Nevada for a minimum of 30 days, which includes being a resident of your precinct for a minimum of 10 days before the election date.
- Mental competency - You must not be judged mentally incompetent by any court of law.
- Convicted felons - You must not be a convicted felon or labor any other loss of your civil rights that make it illegal for you to vote. Convicted felons who have had their lawful voting rights restored by the court are entitled to register to vote.
- Other disqualifications - You must not lay claim to being a lawful resident of another place.
Acquiring voter registration forms in Nevada
In person – Registration to vote can be applied for at your county clerk’s office, registrar’s office, any DMV office, at any of the several social service agencies or even on college campuses. You can also register at Voter registration drives if they follow Nevada guidelines.
Via mail or in writing – Fill in the application, print and sign it and then deliver it in person or mail the application to your county clerk’s office, registrar of voter’s office, your city clerk’s office or Nevada’s DMV.
Online – For online registration forms click on - https://www.nvsos.gov/sosvoterservices/Registration/Step0.aspx
In person – Applications have to be submitted at least 21 days before the election.
Online – Applications have to be sent in a minimum of 19 days before the election.
Mail - Applications that was postmarked at least 28 days before the election.
Do not have a driver’s license?
If you do not possess a driver's license or any identification (ID) card, then you have to register in person with your county election office. Alternatively, you can also mail in a hardcopy application. For more information on the NV Voter Registration Application, visit - https://www.nvsos.gov/SOSVoterRegForm/home.aspx
Absentee ballot qualifications in Nevada
It is mandatory for individuals who need to vote on an absentee ballot to do so in person at the County Clerk’s Office or the Registrar’s Office. Alternatively, you can mail in the Absentee Ballot Request Form to your county clerk or registrar of voters.
To qualify, you will have to submit proof of your identity as well as residency, along with your absentee ballot request form or your registration application. Absentee ballots requests must reach their respective local county election officials by 5:00 p.m. at least seven days before the election day.
To view the absentee ballot form, go to - https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/election/Documents/mbrequest.pdf.
Military and overseas applicants in Nevada
Uniformed service members, their family, and overseas citizens will need to complete the online registration to determine their eligibility as a military voter or an overseas voter. To do this, they can contact their county election office.
For information on your local election offices, click here - https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/county-clerk-contact-information.
For more information on registering to vote in Nevada, visit the Nevada Secretary of State official site at - https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/registering-to-vote