law requires virtually all male U.S. citizens (regardless
of where they live), and male immigrants residing in the U.S.
(permanent resident aliens), to register within 30 days of
their 18th birthday. Therefore, to be in full compliance
with the law, a man turning 18 is required to register during
the period of time beginning 30 days before, until 30 days
after his 18th birthday...a 60-day window.
registrations are accepted, but not once a man reaches age
26. Men who do not register within the 60-day window
are technically in violation of the law and should register
as soon as possible.
male non-citizen who first takes up permanent residence in
the U.S. when he is at least 18 years old, but not yet 26
years old, must register within 30 days of becoming a resident.
If he first enters the U.S. as a resident when he is 26 years
old or older, he does not register with Selective Service
because he is too old to register. Male non-citizens
in the U.S. temporarily (valid student or visitor visa, diplomatic
corps, etc.) do not register.
It is now possible for a man to submit registration information
early, as long he is at least 17 years
and 3 months old. Selective Service will keep
his information on file and process it automatically later
in the year, when the man is within 30 days of reaching his
18th birthday. An acknowledgment card will be mailed
to the man when his registration is processed. To submit
early registration information, follow the same procedures
as men who are 18 through 25 years old, listed below.
are some places to register:
Young men may now register online with Selective Service.
THE POST OFFICE
Selective Service "mail-back" registration forms
are available at any Post Office. A man can fill it
out, sign it, affix postage, and mail it to Selective Service,
without the involvement of the postal clerk. Men living overseas
may register at any U.S. Embassy or consular office.
A young man may also register by filling out a Reminder
Mailback Card. Selective Service sends this card to many young
men around the time they turn 18. Mailback cards are also
available at some post offices. A man can fill out the card
at home and mail it directly to Selective Service. Forms will
be sent to: Selective Service System, Registration Information
Office, P.O. Box 94638, Palatine, IL 60094-4638.
Another way a young man can register is to check a box
on the application form for Federal Student Financial Aid
(FAFSA form). A man can check "Yes" on on the
Selective Service Box, and the Department of Education will furnish Selective
Service with the information to register the man.
THEIR HIGH SCHOOL
More than half the high schools in the Nation have a staff
member or teacher appointed as a Selective
Service Registrar. These individuals help register male
high school students.
also Proof of Registration