Registering for the Selective Service
The law says that all 18-year-old men (including U.S. citizens living abroad and non-citizen immigrant males 18-25 residing in the U.S.) must register for the selective service. The only young men exempt from registration are non-citizen males who are in the U.S. temporarily as tourists, diplomats and their family members or foreign exchange students; incarcerated or institutionalized men; men on active duty in the Armed Forces; and students at U.S. military academies.
Information and the Links to Register with Selective Service
Q: What must a man do under Selective Service law?
A: A man must register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday, and let Selective Service know within 10 days of any changes in the information the provided on his registration form, until he reaches age 26.
Q: Which Federal programs make registration compliance a condition of eligibility?
A: Applicants for Federal student aid, Workforce Investment Act benefits, U.S. citizenship, and those men seeking employment with most agencies of the Federal Government must be registered.
Q: What are the legal penalties for failing to register?
A: A man who is convicted of failure to register may be fined up to $250,000, imprisoned for up to five years, or both.
Q: Who is required to register with Selective Service?
A: With very few exceptions, males residing in the U.S., and U.S. citizens living abroad, must register within 30 days of their 18th birthday.
Q: How does a man register?
A: By completing a registration form at the post office, by having a faculty or staff member help him to register through the High School Registrar Program, by completing a Selective Service registration card he may get in the mail, or by registering instantly on-line through the Selective Service System's internet web site at http://www.sss.gov, or by telephone, if you receive a Selective Service registration card in the mail with a PIN number allowing telephone registration.
Q: Why aren’t women required to register and subject to the draft?
A: The Military Selective Service Act refers to “male persons” in setting forth who must register. Congress did not act on President Carter’s request to change the wording of the law to include women. The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of men-only registration.