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While most services are available online or via the mail, Clerk-Recorder services are now also available in-person at the San Luis Obispo office.  The Atascadero office remains closed until further notice.  Please call (805) 781-5080 to make an appointment.  Walk-in service is also available but may be subject to delays. Please review this information before visiting our office.

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Voter Registration

Who can use this service?

To register to vote in California, you must be:

To pre-register to vote in California, you must:

  • Be 16 or 17 years old, and
  • Meet all of the other eligibility requirements to vote.

You will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available anytime throughout the year at the California Secretary of State website, or at the Clerk-Recorder office in San Luis Obispo during regular business hours except during County-observed holidays.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can vote?

If you are a U.S. citizen and will be at least 18 years old on Election Day and not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felon, you may vote. You must register at least fifteen (15) days before the election to qualify to vote in that election. 

How do I become eligible to vote?

In order to be eligible to vote, you must be a United States citizen at least 18 years old on Election Day and not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and then you must register in the county in which you list your residence. By registering, you declare your residency in the State of California within the County and district of your actual physical residence.

How do I change my address if I have moved?

If you move from your voter residence address or change your mailing address, you must change your address with the County of San Luis Obispo Election Department. Your change of address must be in writing.  You may complete a new registration form online (, mail your address change request in writing to the Clerk-Recorder office, or you may update your voter information at the DMV.

Where do I vote?

You vote at your polling place in an assigned precinct, which is located in a neighborhood building. After you register to vote, a voter information card is sent to you through the mail and may be used for identification purposes.  Beginning forty (40) days before each election, a Sample Ballot will be mailed to you with your precinct number and the location of your polling place. It is important that you know your precinct number and polling place location prior to Election Day. If you are unsure of this information, use the Polling Place Lookup, or call the Clerk-Recorder office at (805) 781-5228.