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Who Must Register
With only a few exceptions, the registration requirement applies to all male U.S. citizens and male aliens residing in the United States who are 18 through 25 years of age.

Category
YES
NO

All male U.S. citizens born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, except as noted below:

X

 
Military-Related
   

Members of the Armed Forces on active duty (active duty for training does not constitute “active duty” for registration purposes)

 

X*

Cadets and Midshipmen at Service Academies or Coast Guard Academy

 

X*

Cadets at the Merchant Marine Academy

X

 
Students in Officer Procurement Programs at The Citadel, North Georgia College and State University, Norwich University, Virginia Military Institute, Texas A&M University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
 

X*

National Guardsmen and Reservists not on active duty

X

 
Delayed Entry Program enlistees

X

 
ROTC Student
X
 
Separatees from Active Military Service, separated for any reason before age 26

X

 
Men rejected for enlistment for any reason before age 26

X

 
Civil Air Patrol members

X*

 
Aliens**
   
Lawful non-immigrants on visas (e.g., diplomatic and consular personnel and families, foreign students, tourists with unexpired Form I-94, or Border Crossing Document DSP-150)
 

X

Permanent resident aliens

X

 
Special (seasonal) agricultural workers (I-688B)

X

 
Special agricultural workers (I-688A)  

X

Refugee, parolee, and asylee aliens

X

 
Undocumented (illegal) aliens

X

 
Dual national U.S. citizens

X

 
Confined
   
Incarcerated, or hospitalized or institutionalized for medical reasons
 

X*

Handicapped physically or mentally
   
Able to function in public with or without assistance

X

 
Continually confined to a residence, hospital, or institution
 

X

*Must register within 30 days of release unless already age 26.

**Residents of Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands are U.S. citizens. Citizens of American Samoa arenationals and must register when they are habitual residents in the United States. Habitual residence is presumed whenever a national or a citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Federated States of Micronesia resides in the United States for more than one year in any status, except as a student or employee of the government of his homeland.

NOTE: Immigrants who did not enter the United States or maintained their lawful non-immigrant status by continually remaining on a valid visa until after they were 26 years old, were never required to register. Also, immigrants born before 1960, who did not enter the United States or maintained their lawful non immigrant status by continually remaining on a valid visa until after March 29, 1975, were

never required to register.

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Last Updated July 10, 2008
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