Voting - Military and Overseas Citizens

Who can use this service?

Under the Federal UOCAVA Act of 1986, Military / Uniformed Service Members and United States citizens living outside the territorial limits of the United States or the District of Columbia for reasons of employment, study programs, or military service (including the spouse or dependents of one serving in the military) are eligible to register to vote and request a vote-by-mail ballot.

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

What is the process?

Step 1: Ensure You Qualify

Check the California Secretary of State's website to ensure you qualify as a military / overseas voter.

Step 2: Complete a Federal Post Card Application

Complete and return a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) by one of the following methods:

  • Mail:
    • County Clerk-Recorder
    • 1055 Monterey St., Suite D120
    • San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
  • Fax:  (805) 781-1111
  • Email:

Step 3: Download your absentee voting materials

Use the UOCAVA Ballot Download link to access your absentee voting materials for the current election.

When and where is this service offered?

Call (805) 781-5228 during regular business hours (except during County-observed holidays) for additional information and assistance for this service.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Clerk-Recorder San Luis Obispo Office

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

1055 Monterey Street Suite D120 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Tel: (805) 781-5080

Fax: (805) 781-1111

Clerk-Recorder North County Office

Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm

6565 Capistrano Avenue 2nd Floor Atascadero Library Atascadero, CA 93422

Tel: (805) 461-6041

Fax: (805) 461-6044