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“Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.     – Keith Ellison


India is a democratic country and it’s constitution under article 326 provides for adult suffrage, that means voting rights are available to every adult citizens of India irrespective of caste, creed, race, religion, gender or place of birth etc. Here, Voter ID card comes into the picture.

In this article, we will talk about Voter ID card and how to apply online.

Why is it important?

Voter ID card is very much necessary document for every citizen who wants to exercise his voting rights. Apart from this, it also acts as an identity card for multiple purposes. Given it’s huge importance, every citizen of the country should have a Voter ID card.

Online Application

Getting issued a Voter ID card itself sounds a cumbersome task for many but in the digital age of today it has become pretty easy. Election Commission of India has made the procedure very easy by allowing one to submit application for registration online.

One can apply for Voter ID card through 2 methods. They are offline method and online method. In this article we will be discussing about online method like how to apply online through various steps but before that one must know whether he/she is eligible to get a Voter ID card.


According to Election Commission of India website-

Every Indian citizen who has attained the age of 18 years on the qualifying date i.e. first of January of the year of revision of electoral roll, unless otherwise disqualified, is eligible to be registered as a voter in the roll of the part/polling area of the constituency where he is ordinarily resident.

So if you are not disqualified by any law and you have attained the age of 18 years then you are eligible to register to become a voter.

You can’t be a voter in more than one constituency of India. So, in case you already are a registered voter in any one of the constituency you resided in the past and recently you have changed your residence and want to become a voter in the present constituency you reside in, then you can apply for change/shift of constituency.

Election Commission provides form for 12 categories of people. To know more you can see the screenshot below.

For most of the ordinary people who is a first time voter or who wants to shift from one constituency to another one, Form-6 is required to fill for the registration. Here, we will be discussing about the online process for the same.

Before proceeding further one must possess necessary documents which will be asked to upload during online application.

Documents required for –

Age Proof –

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marksheet of class 10 or 8 or 5
  • Indian Passport
  • Pan Card
  • Driving Licence
  • Aadhar letter issued by UIDAI

Address Proof –

  • Indian Passport
  • Driving Licence
  • Bank/Kisan/Post Office current Passbook
  • Ration Card
  • Income Tax Assessment Order
  • Rent Agreement
  • Water Bill
  • Telephone Bill
  • Electricity Bill
  • Gas Connection Bill
  • Post/Letter/Mail delivered through Indian Postal Department.

Notes: –

One thing to remember here is that you don’t require to have all the documents mentioned above. You will require to have atleast one document from each category i.e one for age proof and another for address proof. If both the age and address are mentioned in any one document listed above then only that document will be enough for both purposes.

Apply Voter ID card online (FORM-6)

Follow the steps accordingly-

  • Visit this government website of National Voter’s Sevices Portal.
  • On the menu page select “apply online” for registration of new voter/due to shifting from AC”.

  • On the next page, Form-6 will appear which most probably will be in hindi language but there’s an option to change it into english at the top.

  • On the same page you will be required to fill in your details such as “state”, “district” and “assembly/parliamentary constituency”. ( In case you don’t know the name of your assembly/parliamentary constituency, you can visit the website of “Chief Electoral Officer” of your respective state. There you can find all the relevant details. However, in the form after filling up the details of “State” and “District”, in the box of “Assembly/parliamentary constituency”, a list of all constituency available in your district will be shown. You can choose from them which area/town/block you reside in, most probably that will be your constituency.)

  • After that you will have to choose between whether you are a first time voter or you are shifting from another constituency. See the screenshot above.
  • Then you will be asked to provide mandatory particulars such as your name, your surname and name and surname of one of your relative who already possess a Voter ID card. You will also be asked to mention your relation with him/her. A relative can be your father, mother, husband, wife, guru or others.
  • In the screenshot below you can see that you will be asked to provide your details in both i.e in english and in regional language. Don’t worry, you can fill your details only in english and the regional box will automatically get translated. You must check the correct translation. In case of discrepancy, you can make the correction in regional script.


  • Next option is “Age”. In this, you will be asked to mention your age as per 1st January of current calendar year or you can choose to fill in your date of birth. Now, one thing to remember here is that, I have already mentioned above that your age should be of 18 years on 1st January of current calendar year you are applying into. So this means that even if you have completed 18 years of age on, say, 2nd of January of current calendar year then you can’t apply in the current calendar year.

  • Mention your Gender. The good thing is one can mention “Third Gender” if one doesn’t identify himself/herself as either “male” or “female”. See below screenshot.

  • Then comes address. Here, you will be asked to provide your current address as well as permanent address. If your current and permanent address is same then after filling up your current address, tick “same as above”. This way your permanent address will automatically get filled up.

  • Then you will be asked to provide Electoral Photo ID Card(EPIC) number/Voter ID number of your relative you mentioned above or any of your neighbours in case you mentioned “Others” in the relative section.

  • After that there are some optional particulars that you can provide like if you are a disabled person then your disabilities, your phone number or your email address. As mentioned, these are optional, so you can choose not to mention so. See screenshot above.
  • Then comes Upload section. In this section, you will have to upload your photo, document for age proof and document for address proof that should be in format (.jpg, .png, .bmp, .jpeg). Please also mention the type of document that you are uploading in respective categories.

  • Next comes Declaration. In this section you have to provide details of your place of birth that will include the name of State, district and village/town. After that you will be asked to mention the date since you are residing at current address/permanent address.

  • In the same declaration section you will have to fill in the details of your last residence if you are shifting/changing your constituency, otherwise if you are a first time voter then you don’t have to do anything.

  • At the end mention the name of the place from where you are declaring all of your details and the date of filing up of application.
  • Fill up the Captcha Code and push the “Submit”. And Voila! you are done now.

Important Points To Take Note Of: –

  • One must be an Indian Citizen to apply for Voter ID card and he/she must have a permanent residence.
  • In case of an Indian citizen living outside temporarily, he can also obtain a Voter ID card by filling up another form of Form-6A.(Please check the respective screenshot above).
  • While applying online, beware of fraudulent websites. Apply only through above mentioned website or any other government approved website.
  • No fee is charged for this application. So beware of that.
  • Applicants should verify that all the information and the documents provided in the application are legally correct. Submission of false information or documents is illegal.
  • After successful receiving of Voter ID card, one must verify the correct information and also check it’s authenticity on National Voter’s Sevices Portal website. In case of any mistake on the card, please apply for correction on the same website.
  • This article discusses only online process of application. There are offline methods too i.e through post and by paying a visit to your BLO( Block Level Officer).


  1. Quote:- Yahoo news.
  2. ElectionCommission of India website.
  3. National Voter’s Sevices Portal.


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