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State-Commonwealth Legislation

Legislation by States, Territories, and the District of Columbia

Maintaining a high compliance rate is of great importance because it means that any future draft instituted by Congress and the President in a national emergency would be fair and equitable. Also, men who fail to register with Selective Service are not eligible for certain programs and benefits that Congress and most states and territorial legislatures and the District of Columbia have linked to registration. They include student loans and grants for college, government jobs, and job training. Additionally, immigrant men residing in the U.S. who failed to register when they were at least 18 years old, but not yet 26 years old, may be denied U.S. citizenship by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Many states and territories have passed legislation that supports the federal Selective Service registration requirement. The most current legislation linked to Selective Service registration are driver’s license legislation (DLL) and Solomon- and Thurmond-like legislation.

  1. Driver’s License: There are two forms of DLL, optional and automatic. States with optional DLL allow men 18-25 to opt in or out of having their information transferred to Selective Service for registration by checking a box when applying for a state learner’s permit, driver’s license or renewal, or I.D. card. States with automatic DLL process a man’s application for a state learner’s permit, driver’s license or renewal, or I.D. card as consent to have his information automatically transferred to Selective Service for registration if he is between the ages of 18-25.
  2. Government Employment: In November 1985, the Thurmond Amendment to the Defense Authorization Act established Title 5, U.S. Code, Section 3328, which requires Selective Service registration (of men who are required to register) as a prerequisite for appointment to most federal jobs.

Each highlighted state or commonwealth has their own legislation.

Results will update after you select a state from the menu.

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Alabama map

Alabama

Driver’s License: Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to be eligible to attend a state-funded college or university.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to be eligible for state government jobs.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Alaska map

Alaska

Driver’s License:  No

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded financial aid and loans.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for most state government jobs.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Other: Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for dividend payments from the Permanent Fund.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Arizona map

Arizona

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, loans, and scholarships.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Arkansas map

Arkansas

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, loans, and scholarships.  Ineligibility expires at age 26.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

California map

California

Driver’s License:  None

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial, grants, and loan assumption programs.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  No

Colorado map

Colorado

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible to attend a state-funded college or university.  Ineligibility expires at age 26.

Thurmond:  No

Connecticut map

Connecticut

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Delaware map

Delaware

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, loans, grants and scholarships.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

District of Columbia map

District of Columbia

Driver’s License:  Opt-Out

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for tuition assistance under the D.C. College Access Act of 1999.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  No

Florida map

Florida

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

Georgia map

Georgia

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, loans, and scholarships.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

Guam map

Guam

Driver’s License:  Opt-In

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Hawaii map

Hawaii

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Idaho map

Idaho

Driver’s License:  Opt-In

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

Illinois map

Illinois

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

Indiana map

Indiana

Driver’s License:  Opt-In

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Iowa map

Iowa

Driver’s License:  Opt-Out

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Kansas map

Kansas

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Kentucky map

Kentucky

Driver’s License:  Opt-Out

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Louisiana map

Louisiana

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service to remain eligible to attend a state-funded college or university.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility expires at age 26.

Maine map

Maine

Driver’s License:  Opt-In

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for certain state-funded scholarships.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  No

Maryland map

Maryland

Driver’s License:  No

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for 2 + 2 Scholarship and non-citizens must register to remain eligible for in-state tuition. Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  No

Massachusetts map

Massachusetts

Driver’s License:  No

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Michigan map

Michigan

Driver’s License:  Opt-In

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Minnesota map

Minnesota

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Non-citizens required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for in-state tuition.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  No

Mississippi map

Mississippi

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student loans, scholarships, and HELP grants.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility expires at age 26.

Missouri map

Missouri

Driver’s License:  Opt-In

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, scholarships, and loans.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

Montana map

Montana

Driver’s License:  Opt-Out

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

Nebraska map

Nebraska

Driver’s License:  No

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Nevada map

Nevada

Driver’s License:  Opt-Out

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

New Hampshire map

New Hampshire

Driver’s License:  Opt-In

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans, and to remain eligible to attend a state-funded college or university.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

New Jersey map

New Jersey

Driver’s License: No

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  No

New Mexico map

New Mexico

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

New York map

New York

Driver’s License:  Opt-Out

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

North Carolina map

North Carolina

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

North Dakota map

North Dakota

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  No

Northern Mariana Islands map

Northern Mariana Islands

Driver’s License:  No

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for commonwealth government jobs. Ineligibility expires at age 26.

Ohio map

Ohio

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order for a state-funded university to receive state funds on behalf of the student.

Thurmond:  No

Oklahoma map

Oklahoma

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, scholarships, grants and loans.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  No

Oregon map

Oregon

Driver’s License:  No

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Pennsylvania map

Pennsylvania

Driver’s License:  No

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Puerto Rico map

Puerto Rico

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Rhode Island map

Rhode Island

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

South Carolina map

South Carolina

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

South Dakota map

South Dakota

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible to attend a state-funded college or university.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  No

Tennessee map

Tennessee

Driver’s License: Yes, automatic

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible to attend a state-funded college or university.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  No

Texas map

Texas

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility expires at age 26.

Utah map

Utah

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans.  Ineligibility expires at age 26.

Thurmond:  No

Vermont map

Vermont

Driver’s License:  No

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Virginia map

Virginia

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid and grants.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

Virgin Islands map

Virgin Islands

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

Washington map

Washington

Driver’s License:  Opt-In

Solomon:  No

Thurmond:  No

West Virginia map

West Virginia

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans, and to remain eligible to attend a state-funded college or university.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility is permanent.

Wisconsin map

Wisconsin

Driver’s License:  Automatic

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state-funded student financial aid.  Ineligibility expires at age 26.

Thurmond:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for state government jobs. Ineligibility expires at age 26.

Wyoming map

Wyoming

Driver’s License:  No

Solomon:  Those required to register with Selective Service must register in order to remain eligible for the Hathaway Scholarship Program.  Ineligibility is permanent.

Thurmond:  No