Effective January 1, 2023, the VOTES ACT requires the RMV to remove the “opt out” for voting from the driver licensing application. Applicants that wish to opt out may contact their town/municipality directly. Information on all eligible applicants will automatically be sent to the Secretary of the Commonwealth (SoC) for voter registration. The option to decline to register to vote will be removed from the application (paper and online). In addition, the deadline to register to vote will be reduced from 21 days to 10 days before an election.
To register to vote in Massachusetts you must be all of the following:
A U.S. Citizen
A Massachusetts resident
At least 18 years old on or before the next election
You can pre-register to vote at 16 years of age.
Voter registration deadlines
To vote in a future election you must register:
10 days before all primaries and elections; and/or
10 days before a special town meeting
You should receive confirmation of your voter status within 2 to 3 weeks of your registration. If you have not received confirmation please contact your local election office.
For more information on the process of voting or political parties/designations, see the Massachusetts Elections Division.