Who is not required to register with Selective Service?
You are NOT required to register with the Selective Service if you fall into a category below:
(1) Certain people who are confined:
- People who are incarcerated in jail or prison — You DO NOT have to register for the Selective Service while incarcerated, even if you are a male between ages 18 and 25. But if you are age 25 or younger at the time of your release, you must register within 30 days of getting out.
- People who are being kept in a hospital or institution for medical reasons.
(2) Certain people who have disabilities:
- People with a mental or physical disability that prevents them from functioning in public, with or without assistance.
- People who have been confined continuously to a residence, hospital, or institution from age 18 to age 25.
(3) Certain noncitizens:
- Lawful non-immigrants holding visas in the United States.
- Seasonal agricultural workers holding visas (H-2A).
(4) Certain military members:
- Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty.
- Cadets or midshipmen in a U.S. Service Academy or Coast Guard Academy.
- Students in Officer Procurement Programs at certain U.S. military colleges.
(5) Certain people who have had sex reassignment:
- People who were born female (assigned female at birth) and have had a sex reassignment are not required to register with the Selective Service. However, people who were born male (assigned male at birth) and have had a sex reassignment are required to register.
50 U.S.C. App. 456. ↑
NOTE: Most other categories of noncitizens are required to register. These include legal permanent residents (“green card” holders), undocumented immigrants, refugees, and asylum grantees. See https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/WhoMustRegisterChart.pdf ↑