Third-Party Voter Registration Organizations
Webpage last updated: March 27, 2023
Section 97.0575, Fla. Stat., governs third-party voter registration organizations.
What is a Third-Party Voter Registration Organization (3PVRO)?
A 3PVRO is any person, entity, or organization that collects any voter registration application. Each person or entity who intends to collect voter registration applications must first register with the State as a 3PVRO. The following are not subject to registering with the State:
- A person who seeks only to register to vote or collect a voter registration application from that person’s spouse, child, or parent; or
- A person engaged in registering to vote or collecting voter registration applications as an employee or agent of the Division of Elections, supervisor of elections, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, or an official voter registration agency.
Who is currently registered as a 3PVRO?
The State's 3PVRO Database contains a list of all active and withdrawn third-party voter registration organizations. The database also tracks the number of application forms requested and applications returned by the 3PVRO.
How do I register as a 3PVRO?
- To register, complete and email Form DS-DE 119 (English PDF / Español PDF) as an attachment in PDF format to [email protected]. If email is not available, fax the form to the Division at 850.245.6291.
- Upon approval, the Division will assign the 3PVRO a unique ID number.
Attention: The process to register as a 3PVRO is different than the process to register as a paid petition circulator. While a person can do both activities, the person still has to register separately with the State beforehand. Please visit the Paid Petition Circulators website for separate instructions and guidance.
Note: Since 2011, the State has encouraged school districts to register as 3PVRO in order to promote voter registration among eligible high school students. Once a school district registers as a 3PVRO, the staff and students may act as 3PVRO registration agents to collect application on behalf of the school district. In the unfortunate event, a teacher or student untimely submits or fails to deliver collected applications, the school district rather than the teacher or student assumes liability for any fines. For more information about the Voter Promoter School District Campaign or to find out if your school district has registered as a 3PVRO, please contact the Division at [email protected] or contact 850.245.6200.
What are my duties as a 3PVRO?
As a registered 3PVRO, you have a fiduciary duty to applicant to ensure that any application you collect whether complete or not is promptly delivered to the supervisor of elections’ office in the county in which the applicant resides or to the Division of Elections. You have up to 14 days after the applicant completed the application but no later than the deadline to register for the next ensuing election to turn those applications in.
A 3PVRO is liable for statutory fines for the untimely submission or failure to submit collected applications within the specified time period. The maximum aggregate fine for such violations in a calendar year is $50,000. See subsection (3) of Section 97.0575, Fla. Stat. The Secretary of State may refer such violation or any other violation under Section 97.0575, Fla. Stat., to the Attorney General for enforcement.
How do I update or withdraw my registration status as a 3PVRO?
Complete Form DS-DE 119 (English PDF / Español PDF) to update or withdraw your registration as a 3PVRO or to terminate a registration agent who is employed by the 3PVRO. The form must be submitted as an email attachment in PDF format to [email protected]. If email is not available, fax to the Division at 850.245.6291.
Who do I contact for more information?
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 850.245.6175
- Fax: 850.245.6291
- DE Reference Guide 0012 (05/2022)
- Form to submit complaint against a third-party voter registration organization (DS-DE 121)
- 3PVRO Overview (PDF)
- Visit Supervisor of Elections Forms webpage (DS-DE 124; DS-DE 148)