2. Register

Minnesota allows same-day registration, meaning you are not required to pre-register. That said, pre-registration is easy, simple, and time-saving!

To pre-register online, fill out the form on the MN Secretary of State’s website.

To pre-register via paper, follow the instructions here.

NOTE: The deadline to pre-register online is 11:59 p.m., 21 days before the General Election (October 18). The deadline to pre-register via paper is 5:00 p.m., 21 days before the General Election (October 18).

Same-Day Registration

To register at your polling location, bring at least one proof of residence. This includes:

  • Option 1: Bring ID with Current Name and Address:
    • Valid Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card—or a receipt for any of these
    • Tribal ID card with your name, address, photo and signature.
  • Option 2: Bring Photo ID Plus a Document with Current Name and Address
    • The ID can be expired, and the document can also be shown electronically on a device (smartphone, etc.)
    • Accepted photo IDs (bring one ID and one document)
      • Driver’s license, state ID card or learner’s permit issued by any state
      • United States passport
      • United States Military ID card
      • Tribal ID card with the name, signature and photo of the voter
      • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card
      • Minnesota high school ID card
    • Accepted documents (bring one document and one ID)
      • Bill, account or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of election for:
        • Phone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.)
        • TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
        • Internet services
        • Solid waste or sewer services
        • Electric, gas or water
        • Banking or credit card
        • Rent or mortgage payments
      • Residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)
      • Current student fee statement
  • Option 3: College Student ID
    • College students can use a student photo ID card (if their college provided a student housing list to election officials)
  • Option 4: Registered Voter/Staff Person of Residential Facility
    • Under Minnesota law, a registered voter from your precinct can go with you to the polling place to sign an oath confirming your address. This is known as ‘vouching.’
    • Alternatively, if you live in a residential facility, a staff member of said facility can go with you to your polling place and confirm your address. The staff person must prove their employment at the facility.
  • Option 5: Valid registration in the same precinct
    • If you are registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the election judge your previous name or address.
  • Option 6: Notice of Late Registration
    • If you registered to vote (online or via paper) within 20 days of the General Election, you may get a Notice of Late Registration. You may bring this and use it as your proof of residence to register.