- How does one register? Young men may register online at the Selective Service web site or by mail, using a Selective Service postcard available at any post office. Have your Social Security number handy.
- How precise is that 30-day rule? Young men may register up to 30 days after their 18th birthdays, but they can also do it online as early as three months after their 17th birthday. The Selective Service holds early registrations, processes them within a month of the 18th birthday, and mails out a confirmation card.
- What happens if an 18-year-old does not register? It's a felony to not register. The punishment includes fines of up to $250,000 or five years in prison.
- Are there other ramifications for failing to register? In some states, the Selective Service and drivers license application systems are linked. In Delaware, for example, young men over 18 cannot get a driver's license if they have not registered with the Selective Service. In all 50 states, students who fail to register are not eligible for student loans or college grants, government jobs or federally funded job training. And immigrants who do not register may be denied citizenship.
- Is anyone exempt? All men, ages 18-25, must register, including conscientious objectors and the disabled - in the event of a draft, they can register their objections or handicaps then. Immigrants, including illegal aliens, refugees and men in this country on green cards, are required to register as well. There are a very few exceptions, including young men already on full-time, active military duty, and men in hospitals, mental institutions or in jail, but they must register within 30 days of release. Also exempt: immigrants who are here on student or tourist visas, or because they or their families are part of a diplomatic mission.
- What about young women? The law specifies young men only. Young women may not register with the Selective Service.
- What if we move? You don't need to worry about moves from home to dorm to frat, et al. But you should register changes of permanent address at the Selective Service web site.
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