Frequently Asked Questions



Why Register


To participate in the selection of officials or to express opinions on a specific ballot issue, a citizen must be a registered voter. Only individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and are registered before the election's registration deadline may vote.

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Who May Register


In order to register to vote, a person must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America

  • Be a Florida resident

  • Be 18 years old (voters may preregister starting at 16 years old)

  • Not now be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state

  • Not have been convicted of a felony in Florida, or any other state, without civil rights having been restored

  • Provide current and valid Florida driver license number or Florida identification card number. If a person does not have a current and valid Florida driver license number or Florida identification card, the last four digits of the Social Security number must be provided. Registrants who do not have a FL DL#, FL ID card#, or SSN should write “NONE” in the box provided on the voter registration application.

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Voter Information as a Public Record


Voter registration information is public record in Florida with a few exceptions. Information such as your social security number, driver’s license number, and the source of your voter registration application cannot be released or disclosed to the public under any circumstances. Your signature can be viewed, but not copied. Other information such as your name, address, phone number, date of birth, party affiliation, and when you voted is public information.

Your voter registration information may not be publicly disclosed or made available, provided:

  1. You are or become a participant in the Attorney General’s Address Confidentiality Program for victims of domestic violence and stalking. See section 97.0585(3) and sections 741.401-741.465, Florida Statutes. Contact the Attorney General’s Office’s Bureau of Advocacy and Grants Management at 850.414.3300 for instructions on how to become a participant.

  2. You submit a written request to each agency that may have your information such as your address, photo, and date of birth. However, you must fall within one of the statutorily designated classes of high-risk professionals. Please refer to the Public Records Exemption Request form and follow instructions to submit the completed form to the Florida Department of State. 

Public information can find its way onto the Internet or websites by individuals or entities that obtain public records from the State. Once information is in the public domain, you will need to contact the owner or administrator of third-party sites in order to get the information removed.

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When To Register


Individuals who meet eligibility requirements may register at any time. To participate in an election, however, voters must be registered by the registration deadline. The registration books will be closed on the 29th day before each election and will remain closed until after that election.

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Where To Register


Individuals may register with the Supervisor of Elections in the county of legal residence. The Supervisor of Elections office for Collier County is located at 3750 Enterprise Avenue in Naples, Florida. Voter applications are also available at Naples City Hall, Everglades City Hall, Marco Island City Hall, and the Immokalee Tax Office. The Supervisor of Elections office conducts special registration drives annually throughout the community.

Voters may register at any Florida Driver License Office when making an initial application or renewing a license. Voter registration applications are also available at the county's public libraries. Eligible persons may register when applying at public service offices for Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Health & Rehabilitative Services, the Women, Infants, Children nutrition program, any state agency providing service to disabled residents, and armed forces recruiting offices.

To register by mail, call the Supervisor of Elections office at (239) 252-VOTE to request an application be sent or download one from this site.

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How to Register to Vote/Update Voter Information/Change Party Affiliation


The voter application is uniform throughout Florida. Each application provides the addresses for each Supervisor of Elections office. Eligible individuals may obtain an application from any participating agency and mail it to the appropriate county of residence.The following data provided by electors is exempt from Florida's public records law and may be used only by the Supervisor of Elections office unless otherwise ordered by a court: the application's point of origin (by mail, driver license, etc.); social security number; Florida Driver License number; Florida Identification number; and applicant's signature.

The signed application can also be used to update an existing voter's record. Updates are a change of name, residence, mailing address, signature, or party affiliation.

Florida is a closed primary state. A voter's political party preference - or lack of a political party preference - must be provided at the time of registration. An elector may change party affiliation at any time subject to the following:

  1. The voter's request must be in writing, dated and signed.

  2. The voter's party (or lack of a party) at the registration deadline is the party in which the elector must vote.

  3. The voter's signed, written request must be received by the Supervisor of Elections by the registration deadline in order to vote in the new party.

  4. The Supervisor of Elections office is prohibited from processing signed, written party change requests received after the registration deadline until after the primary.


Closed Primaries


Florida is a Closed Primary State. This means that only voters who are registered members of a political party may vote for their respective party’s candidate in a Primary Election. Voters without party affiliation are not eligible to vote for party candidates and voters who belong to a minor party can only vote for party candidates if those candidates are on the ballot. (F.S. 101.021)

To make changes to their party affiliation, voters must notify the Supervisor of Elections office by completing and signing a new voter registration application form or other signed written notice that contains your date of birth or voter registration number. You cannot change your party at the polling place. To be eligible for a Primary Election, a party change must be made at least 29 days before the Primary Election. (F.S. 97.1031)

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