Register to Vote

Registering to vote or updating your address for voting is easy – you can go online, print a form and mail it in, or go in person to any public library or Ohio BMV.

Register to Vote in Hamilton County

How to Register

You can register to vote, change your address, and/or change your name by any of the following; click on each below to learn more:

Complete your registration online, at the Secretary of State’s website: https://olvr.ohiosos.gov/

Identification Required

You must provide your Ohio driver license OR Ohio identification card number (contains two letters and six digits), AND the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you do not have a valid Ohio driver license or Ohio identification card you must register by U.S. mail or in person (see below).

Download a voter registration form.

OR

Have a voter registration form mailed to you by calling the Hamilton County board of elections at 513-632-7000.

Identification Required

If you have a current valid Ohio driver license or Ohio Identification card, you must provide that number (# contains two letters and six digits).

If you do not have either of those identification numbers, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you do not provide one of the above you must enclose with your Registration Form a copy of one of the following forms of identification:

  • Current valid photo identification issued by the State of Ohio or Federal Government
  • Military Identification
  • Any of the following (dated within last 12 months) documents that shows your name and current address: Utility bill (includes gas, electric, phone, cell phone, water), Bank statement, Government check, Paycheck
    Government or School document (other than notice of voter registration mailed by Board of Elections)

Note:  A copy of one of above is necessary ONLY if you do not provide your Ohio Driver License Number, Ohio State Identification Number, or last 4 digits of Social Security Number on your Registration/Update Form.

Visit one of the following locations in person to get a voter registration form and register.

  • The Hamilton County Board of Elections, 4700 Smith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45212
  • The office of the registrar or any deputy registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
  • Public libraries
  • Public high schools or vocational schools
  • County treasurer’s offices
  • The office of the Secretary of State
  • The office of any of the 88 county boards of elections
  • Offices of designated agencies, including:
    • The Department of Job and Family Services;
    • The Department of Health (including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program);
    • The Department of Mental Health;
    • The Department of Developmental Disabilities;
    • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities; or
    • The office of any state-assisted college or university responsible for providing assistance to disabled students

You may entrust your completed registration application to another person for delivery to elections officials. However, that person must deliver your form to a county board of elections or the Secretary of State’s office within 10 days after completion, or by the voter registration deadline, whichever is earlier.

Identification Required

If you have a current valid Ohio driver license or Ohio Identification card, you must provide that number (# contains two letters and six digits).

If you do not have either of those identification numbers, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Deadline for all voter registration options is 30 days prior to an Election.

Your Voter Registration and Update Information Form must be postmarked by the voter registration deadline, the 30th day before the election, to be eligible to vote in that election. If you register in person or online, you must do so by the 30th day before the election. You, or another person acting on your behalf, also may deliver your application to one of the offices listed under “Register in Person”.

Mailing address:
Hamilton County Board of Elections
4700 Smith Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45212-9002

Fill out all required fields

A properly completed registration form must have your name, birth date, current address, qualified form of identification, your signature, and answer questions 1 (U.S. citizen) and 2 (age 18 by next general election).

What are the qualifications to register and vote in Ohio?

If you meet all the following requirements, you are qualified to register to vote in Ohio:

  1. You are a citizen of the United States
  2. You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election (the election held every November is the general election)
  3. You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote
  4. You are not incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States
  5. You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court
  6. You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws

You are eligible to vote in elections held in your voting precinct 30 days after you are duly registered to vote in this state. We will mail you a notice of your voting location. If you do not receive a timely notice, please contact us.

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