After your naturalization swearing-in ceremony:
- Carefully read and complete the registration-by-mail form provided.
- Mail or return the completed registration to the Registrar of Voters Office.
Important: You must be registered at least 15 days before an election to vote in that election ( see exception below).
You will receive a notice of your eligibility to vote within a few weeks after your registration is processed.
If you become a citizen after the 15-day registration deadline, you may still be eligible to register to vote before the next election:
- You must register and vote in person at the Registrar of Voters Office at any time beginning on the 14th day before an election and ending at the close of polls on Election Day.
- Bring your Certificate of Naturalization dated after the 15-day registration deadline.
You can register online by going to the California Secretary of State's website. Paper applications are available at our elections office, any Department of Motor Vehicles field office, many post offices, public libraries, and government offices.