Office of Elections

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Hours: Monday-Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

703-222-0776
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway Suite 323
Fairfax, VA 22035

Gary D. Scott,
Director of the Office of Elections & General Registrar

Voter Registration

You are eligible to register to vote if you are:
  • A citizen of the United States
  • At least 18 years of age by the next general election
  • A resident of Virginia
You will also need a valid Photo ID in order to vote in-person. If you meet these requirements you may register to vote.
 
Did you know that when you register to vote in Virginia, you DO NOT register to vote by party? Virginia is an Open Primary state which means that any registered voter in Virginia can vote in either a Democratic or Republican primary. When both parties are holding a primary election, you will be asked which primary you want to vote in when you check-in with your photo ID. Note, you may only vote in one primary.
 
Please report a change of name or address:

To remain a qualified registered voter, the law requires you to notify your local voter registration office of any change in your name or address. This must be done before the registration books close for the next election. You can submit your notice of change of name or address either by mail to the Fairfax County Office of Elections, P.O. Box 10161, Fairfax, VA, 22038-8061, by fax to 703-324-2205, or you can scan your notice of change, including your signature and email it to voting@fairfaxcounty.gov In either case, the notice must include your signature to be valid. Notice cannot be made by telephone.

After your change is processed, you will be mailed a new voter information postcard. If a new postcard does not arrive within a few weeks, please call us at 703-222-0776 to confirm that your notice was received. Please note that the postcard cannot be used in place of a valid Photo ID, as it does not include a photo.

 
 
When can I register to vote?

You may register to vote year-round except during the 22 days prior to a General or Primary election, 13 days prior to a Special election, or 7 days prior to a Special election called by the Governor (Code of Virginia §24.2-416).

2018 Election Voter Registration Deadlines:

May 1 Town Elections: April 9 at 5:00 p.m., ONLINE: 11:59 p.m.
June 12 Primary Election(s): May 21 at 5:00 p.m., ONLINE: 11:59 p.m.
November 6 General Election: October 15 at 5:00 p.m., ONLINE: 11:59 p.m.
 
How do I register to vote?

Office hours are extended prior to Elections specifically for voter registration and absentee voting. To determine the extended hours for any upcoming Election, please visit our absentee voting page. Hours are also extended for candidate campaign finance filing deadlines, absentee ballot application deadlines and voter registration deadlines.

Fairfax County Office of Elections
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-0081
703-222-0776 phone
703-324-2205 fax
703-324-4700 for 24-hour recorded information

Persons eligible to register can obtain a registration application at any of the following locations:

  • Online Registration
  • Local voter registration office
  • Download a PDF copy of the registration form
  • State or local government offices when applying or re-certifying for:
    • Aid to Dependent Children
    • Food Stamps
    • WIC
    • Medicaid
    • Rehabilitation Services
  • Government offices in the State that provide State-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities
  • Armed forces recruitment offices
  • Public libraries
  • Virginia Department of Elections office
  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices
  • Voter Registration Drives

Mail the completed and signed application to:

Fairfax County Office of Elections
P.O. Box 10161
Fairfax, VA 22038-8061

PLEASE NOTE: By law, first-time voters in Virginia who register by mail must vote in person (either on Election Day or Absentee In-Person) unless they are:

  • Students
  • Overseas Citizens
  • Citizens with a disability or illness
  • Active duty members of the military or their dependents

* Please enclose a copy of one of the following documents that shows your name and address with your application: (1) current and valid photo ID, (2) current utility bill, (3) bank statement, (4) government check, (5) paycheck, or (6) other government document.

Download the Virginia Voter Registration Application. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader program installed on your computer to view and to print the application. Adobe Acrobat Reader is free and is distributed by Adobe Systems.