#PHvote: How to register as voter in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – A crucial step in nation-building is exercising your right to choose the country's leaders. However, you can only do that if you are a registered voter.

If you are already on the voter's list, well and good. Just double-check that your record is still active and up to date.

Otherwise, follow the steps below to register.

The last day of voters' registration for the May 13, 2019, national and local elections is on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Navigate through the different sections here:

Requirements 

You must be:

You must NOT have been:

How to register

1. Bring a valid ID to your local Comelec office, or to satellite registration areas in malls and barangays.

Acceptable valid IDs are:

In the absence of any of the valid IDs above, an applicant may be identified under oath by any registered voter of the same precinct where the applicant intends to register, or by a relative within the 4th degree of consanguinity or affinity. However, the registered voter or relative can only identify up to 3 applicants.

A cedula (community tax certificate) or police clearance will NOT be accepted as valid IDs. 

 

2. Fill out 3 copies of the form to apply for registration.

Get the forms from your local Comelec office, or download and print the application form from the Comelec website.

Senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and members of indigenous communities will fill out a Supplementary Data Form, and may be assisted by a qualified assistant.

Besides the registration of new applicants, the following voter-related services are also available:

If you are unsure of the status of your voter registration or biometrics record, contact your local Comelec office.

 

3. Have your biometrics captured.

Comelec personnel will take your photograph, digital signature, and fingerprints.

 

4. Keep the acknowledgment receipt.

It is found at the bottom part of the application form. It will be detached by the Comelec personnel and given to you.

Where to register

1. Local Comelec offices

Go to the Comelec office of the town or city where you intend to vote. Click here for a directory of Comelec field offices.

Local Comelec offices are open from 8 am to 5 pm, from Monday to Saturday, including holidays.

 

2. Satellite registration booths in malls, barangays

Check with your local Comelec office to see if there are offsite registration schedules in malls or barangays near your area.

For overseas Filipino voters 

If you are a qualified Filipino voter who will be voting overseas during the absentee voting period in 2019, you will be asked to fill out an Overseas Voting Form. You will also be required to bring supporting documents, such as:

Register to vote and validate your biometrics at:

1. Philippine embassies and consulates abroad

See the list of consular jurisdictions at the Comelec website for the foreign post where you should register.

2. Field registration centers

Register as an absentee voter even before heading abroad. (READ: Comelec opens voter registration center for OFWs)

The Comelec has set up field registration centers for overseas voters at the following areas:

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