How to Apply for Voter Card?

All Indian citizens, who are above 18 years of age and are resident of the place where the polls are being held, are eligible to vote. Hence all of them should apply for voter card. However, cross-voting or bogus voting often defeat the whole purpose of the election process. Many years back, Chief Election Commission (CEC) decided to introduce a kind of a photo-identity card for each of the voters so that the voter can vote rightfully in their own constituency.

How to Apply for Voter Card or Election ID Card?

It is easy to apply for election ID card online as most of the states’ Election Commission office has a dedicated website to accept the ID card registration. In case you are applying online, you need to:

  • Access your state’s election commission website
  • Specify your name, email ID and mobile number. You would get a unique login number and password.
  • Log on to the website once again with the unique login number and password.
  • Download form 6 online form
  • Provide the necessary details asked for in the form – completely and accurately.
  • Attach 2 of your passport-size color photograph.
  • Click the “Submit” button.
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Don’t forget that you have to submit documents which specify your proof of identity, age proof, and proof of residence. For instance, you can take photocopies of electricity bill, telephone bill, or bank statement for substantiating your proof of residence. For identity proof, you must submit xerox copy of PAN Card, driving license, or passport. For age-proof, you can substantiate the same through your mark-sheet, marriage certificate, or passport. These documents must be submitted to the local election commission office.

Applying for Voter Card through the Local Election Commission Office

If you are not sure about online registration of the election card, you can submit the same by taking form 6 available at any of the banks near your place or local election commission office. The rest of the procedure is similar to the one done online.

How to register for and get a new Election Card

Also Keep in Mind that…

Although the Chief Electoral Officer for each state is responsible for web-based registration process, you may still have some problems regarding the application process if you don’t know the right forms for the same. Here’s a list of forms for various tasks you intend to do in regards to your Voter ID Card:

  • Form 6 – to include the name in the voter list or electoral list
  • Form 6A – to include the name of an NRI
  • Form 8 – to include the correct information in the voter list.
  • Form 8A – to transpose entry of the voter if needed.
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Remember, students can also take part in the voting procedure (only if they are above 18 years of age) even if they are staying at a hostel. Along with Form 6, the student must have a declaration from the principal of the institute.

All in all, it may take just a month to get your election card if you register online but the duration can exceed to 9 months if you register through the local election office.

Why Get Voter Card?

Is it necessary to have a voter ID card in India? – Yes, as it gives you the permission to exercise your franchise. Today, nearly 100 per cent of the voters listed in the electoral roll or voter’s list have voter card.

An ordinary resident is a person who normally resides in the area. Sometimes, you may also choose your normal work area or area where you study and reside as well. You can take up your voter card in that area. However, you cannot be registered under the Voters’ List under two places/areas/constituencies.

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  1. To
    Prime Minister/Chief Minister/ Commissioner


    Election Voting Card is neither ATM card or Ration Card , so those who born in Indian soil must get voting card at earliest to vote for the coming LS election.

    My request is that those who apply on line or submit in local office should get voting card within 15 days but not take 3 months.

    Can u do this needful for the sake of Indian Voters.



  2. Sir i want to enroll my wife in a voter list as she was lost her parents in the age of 3 yrs finally her uncle takes care of her but she dont have any documents as iam her husband and i already enrolled in voter list what should i do to enroll my wife so that she can pay her roll for the nation as womens is 49 % reserved for that please help me

  3. Sir,
    I have been posted in some other place because of that my name isn’t included in any of the UID or voter I’d now I don’t have any proof of residence in andhra or any other records. Pl help me out as I am at my native on leave for vote registratiokn.

  4. I have applied online for voter ID card and i got the Epic number (NVT3849215). Then i went e-seva for collecting my ID card. They said there is no data found in this epic number. I have checked my epic number status online, its showing ‘ID card NO. does not exist’. What i have to do?

  5. I am unable to understand thecontent of this website. From where will I get Form 6 and there is no option to register on-line. I am from Ghaziabad… where to apply for the Voter’s card. Last time also my name was not in the voting list

  6. i am transfering from mumbay to chennai (tamil nadu) how i get voter id card in chennai,
    and to whom i will meet, now i m staying in Chromepet , I got a ration card in chennai addresss. so please guide me where i wll go and meet whom.

  7. i hav 18 years bt they are unable to doing of my voter card & they said that you r not eligible to applying of my voter card plz tell me what wil i do?

  8. i”m not able to understand …so please make me understand through your mail…
    will be thankfull to u .
    so kindly help me….

  9. Sir,
    Myself Tushar Kanti Basuray and my wife Smt. Karabi Basuray have lost our voter identity card and as such we have lodged complaint with the local police station.After that we had filled up the form6 and submitted to the authorised officer. We found that our names were not published in the voter list of our constituency(Uttarpara-West Bengal)
    What should we do to get our names included in the voter list and get our voter identity cards?
    Tushar Kanti Basuray and Karabi Basuray
    Shaker Bazar,Uttarpara

  10. We are living at Kasapuram ROad, Ayyappa COlony, Guntakal, Anantapur dist. We have submitted all information at nearest poling booth for change of address in our voter cards – 3 nos. (My husband, myself and my daughter) But we have not received voter cards till now. Please let me know where we have to contact.


  1. […] Many get transferred to a different constituency or move out from home once they get married. Summarily their names get struck out from the voters list. Often, haphazard revision of the list can inadvertently delete a valid voter’s name from the list. Many new voters who have just turned 18 years also need to include their names in the voter’s list. […]

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