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Procedure[edit]

You are a Filipino citizen who is at least eighteen years old and are not yet a registered voter or an overseas voter. You are Filipino abroad and will be abroad during the voting period. You are a resident of the Philippines for at least one year and in the place wherein you propose to vote for at least six months immediately preceding the elections. You can file an application for registration as a voter/ oversease voter and obtain your Voter ID by following;

  1. Prepare the requirements
    1. Overseas voter registration
      • An accomplished OV No.1 Form Application no 1
      • Your valid Philippine Passport
      • In the absence of a passport, a Certification from the Department of Foreign Affairs certifying either of the following:
      1. That you have submitted documents that will warrant the issuance of a passport.
      2. That the applicant is a valid passport holder but is unable to produce it for a valid reason.
      • If you are a Seafarer, a photocopy of your Seaman’s Book or any other document that will prove that you are a seafarer should also be submitted in addition to “1” and “2” above and
      • If you have availed of RA 9225, you should also provide a certified true copy of the signed Oath of Allegiance/ Order of Approval/ Identification Certificate submitted to the Embassy/ Consulate in addition.
      • The COMELEC may require additional data to establish your identity.
    2. Regular Voters
      1. Three copies of the application form to fill up : Application for Registration. These should be accomplished before proceeding to the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) to save on time but it must only be signed and thumb marked before the EO.
      2. Your valid ID with photograph and signature such as:
      • Employee’s identification card, with the signature of the employer or authorized representative.
      • Postal ID.
      • PWD Discount ID.
      • Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority.
      • Senior Citizen’s ID.
      • Driver’s license.
      • NBI clearance.
      • Passport.
      • SSS/GSIS ID.
      • Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID.
      • License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC).
      • Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commision on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or Ips and
      • Any other valid ID.
    In the absence of any of the above-mentioned identification documents, the applicant may be identified under oath by any registered voter of the precinct where he/she intends to be registered, or by any of his/her relatives within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity. No registered voter or relative shall be allowed to identify more than three applicants. Community Tax Certificates (cedula) and PNP clearance shall not be honoured as valid identification documents for purposes of registration.
  2. Apply for registration as a voter and obtain the Voter ID
    1. Overseas voter registration
      1. Visit a suitable office in the Field Registration Centers : Field Registration Centers or the List of Consular Jurisdictions List of Consular Jurisdictions to accomplish the application form.
      2. Present the required documents and submit to a biometrics capture. For the complete processing of your application, please inform the DFA-Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) or the COMELEC-Officer for Overseas Voting (COMELEC-OFOV) through the nearest foreign service post of your mailing address where you will be located at the time of the election period.
      3. You may regular check the website of the COMELEC COMEMEC or DFA-OVS DFA-OVS if your application has been approved. You may also check with your Embassy or Consulate and obtain your Voter ID.
    2. Regular Voters
      1. Visit a suitable office of the Commission on Elections Election Commission Office and present the required documents. The applicant’s status of registration will also be verified and this may be done using a computer application at the OEO.
      2. After a successful verification of your identity, you shall be given three copies of the application form to fill up. Please complete them, sign and thumbmark before the EO. Your biometrics will then be digitally captured using the Voter Registration Machine (VRM) by an authorized VRM Operator.
      3. An Acknowledgement Receipt will be given to you afterwards. The voter ID will be issued to you, it shall serve as a document for your identification. The Voter ID card is a valid ID that is recognized by all government offices and banks for your identification purposes. It is, however, not a requirement for a person to vote.
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Required Documents[edit]

  1. Overseas voter registration
    1. An accomplished OV No.1 Form Application form
    2. Your valid Philippine Passport;
    3. In the absence of a passport, a Certification from the Department of Foreign Affairs certifying either of the following:
      • That you have submitted documents that will warrant the issuance of a passport;
      • That the applicant is a valid passport holder but is unable to produce it for a valid reason.
    4. If you are a Seafarer, a photocopy of your Seaman’s Book or any other document that will prove that you are a seafarer should also be sumitted in addition to “1” and “2” above; and
    5. If you have availed of RA 9225, you should also provide a certified true copy of the signed Oath of Allegiance/ Order of Approval/ Identification Certificate submitted to the Embassy/ Consulate in addition.
    The COMELEC may require additional data to establish your identity.
  2. Regular Voters
    1. Three copies of the application form to fill up Related Application Form. These should be accomplished before proceeding to the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) to save on time but it must only be signed an thumb marked before the EO;
    2. Your valid ID with photograph and signature such as:
      • Employee’s identification card, with the signature of the employer or authorized representative
      • Postal ID
      • PWD Discount ID
      • Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority
      • Senior Citizen’s ID
      • Driver’s license
      • NBI clearance
      • Passport
      • SSS/GSIS ID
      • Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID
      • License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC)
      • Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or Ips and
      • Any other valid ID.

In the absence of any of the above-mentioned identification documents, the applicant may be identified under oath by any registered voter of the precinct where he/she intends to be registered, or by any of his/her relatives within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity. No registered voter or relative shall be allowed to identify more than three applicants. Community Tax Certificates (cedula) and PNP clearance shall not be honoured as valid identification documents for purposes of registration.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Commission on Elections
Palacio del Gobernador Bldg.,
Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila

Main Office Directory


Comelec – Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV)
Address: 7th Floor, Palacio del Gobernador Bldg.,
General Luna St.,
Intramuros, Manila
Other Field Registration Centers can be referred to the link: Filed Registration Centers


Consulate General of the Philippines
Foreign Consulate
Address: 999 Canada Pl #660, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1, Canada
Plus code: 7VQP+4P Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Website: vancouverpcg.org
Phone: +1 604-685-1619
Other Consulates can be referred to the links: Other Consulates and Consulates


Office of the Regional Election Director
COMELEC-NCR
Address: 2/F Femii Annex BLDG., Don Andres Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila
Tel: (02) 527-0846 | (02) 527-9624
Email address: redo_ncr@comelec.gov.ph
Other Filed Offices can be refered to the link: NCR Office Locations


Note: NTC issued Memorandum Order No. 10-10-2017 last October 27, 2017, directing all telecommunications providers in the country to migrate all its customers to eight-digit telephone numbers.

3000-YYYY to 3499-YYYY – Bayan Telecommunications, Inc.
6000-YYYY to 6699-YYYY – ABS-CBN Converge, Inc.
6700-YYYY to 6999-YYYY – Eastern Telecommunication Philippines/ Telecommunications Technologies Philippines Inc.
7XXX-YYYY – Globe Telecom, Inc./ Innove Communications, Inc.
8XXX-YYYY – PLDT, Inc./ Digital Telecommunications Philippines, Inc.

A customer who still incorrectly dials the old seven-digit number will hear a special announcement saying the format has been changed to eight-digit, for a period of three months after the migration (March 18, 2019 to June 17, 2019).

To know more: Migration to 8-Digit Landline Number

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Eligibility[edit]

  • A Filipino citizen who is at least eighteen years old and are not yet a registered voter or an overseas voter;
  • A Filipino abroad and will be abroad during the voting period; or
  • A resident of the Philippines for at least one year and in the place wherein you propose to vote for at least six months immediately preceding the elections.

Fees[edit]

Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.

Validity[edit]

Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever



Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

The issuance of voter's ID will take several months or even a year depending on the city/municipality.



Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
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Instructions[edit]

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e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information[edit]

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e.g.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.
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Need for the Document[edit]

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Information which might help[edit]

Disqualifications to Register

The following are disqualified from filing applications for registration:
  • Any person who has been sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment for no less than one year, such disability not having been removed by plenary pardon or amnesty
  • Any person who has been adjudged by final judgment by a competent court or tribunal of having committed any crime involving disloyalty to the duly-constituted government, such as, rebellion, insurrection, violation of the firearms laws, or any crime against national security unless restored to his/her full civil and political rights in accordance with law and
  • Insane or incompetent person as declared by competent authority unless subsequently declared by proper authority that such person is no longer insane or incompetent.
  • The records of registered voters who possess the above disqualifications will be deactivated.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.



External Links[edit]

Commission on Elections

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Others[edit]

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