Selective Service Registration

U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad assist the Selective Service System with its registration program abroad.

The law requires virtually all male U.S. citizens (who are 18 through 25 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. It’s important to know that even though he is registered, a man will not automatically be inducted into the military. In a crisis requiring a draft, men would be called in sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth. Then, they would be examined for mental, physical and moral fitness by the military before being deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces.

Dual Nationals
Dual nationals of the U.S. and another country are required to register, regardless of where they live, because they are U.S. nationals.

Non-Citizens
Some non-citizens are required to register. Others are not. Non-citizens who are not required to register with Selective Service include men who are in the U.S. on student or visitor visas, and men who are part of a diplomatic or trade mission and their families. Almost all other male non-citizens are required to register, including illegal aliens, legal permanent residents, and refugees. The general rule is that if a male non-citizen takes up residency in the U.S. before his 26th birthday, he must register with Selective Service.

At this time, the Selective Service System online registration site is temporarily unavailable for overseas registrants. For security reasons, overseas registrants should complete the form below and mail it to the Selective Service System at the following address:

Selective Service System
Registration Information Office
P.O. Box 94739
Palatine, IL 60094-4739

Selective Service Registration Form (PDF 49 KB)