What is it?

Eligible 16 and 17-year-olds in California can preregister to vote in order to be automatically registered when they turn 18.

Am I eligible?

You must meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible:

  • Be 16 or 17 years old
  • Be a U.S. citizen and a California resident
  • Not currently in prison, or on parole for a felony conviction
  • Not found to be mentally incompetent by a court

How do I pre-register to vote? 

You have 3 options to pre-register:

More information from the California Secretary of State:


The report “Path to the Polls: Building a More Inclusive Democracy by Preregistering California’s Youth” released by CALPIRG Education Fund, NALEO Educational Fund, and Frontier Group, offers best practices for the preregistration of 16- and 17-year-olds. The report also highlights research on the benefits of preregistration, lessons from other states, and recommendations for California to expand youth voter participation. Click here to access the report.