To vote in elections, you must register as a voter. You only have to register once, unless you move (within South Africa) or your voting district boundaries change.
Registrations abroad are on-going, but the cut-off date for voters wishing to vote in the 2014 National and Provincial Elections was 7 February 2014.
Register within South Africa
Who can register?
- be a South African citizen;
- be at least 16 years old (you can only vote from age 18); and
- have a green, bar-coded ID book; smartcard ID; or valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC).
When and where can I register?
You can make an appointment to apply for registration at your local IEC office during office hours. Please always phone first to make an appointment.
Registration for the 2014 National and Provincial Elections closed on 25 February, the day that the elections were proclaimed (published in the Government Gazette). By law, it is no longer possible to register or re-register for these elections. No exceptions can be made under any circumstances.
What documents do I need to apply for registration?
By law, you must apply in person (no online or email registrations are permitted). Please bring your valid -
- green, bar-coded ID book;
- smartcard ID; or
- valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC).
No other forms of ID can be accepted.
What happens when I apply?
- Go to your local IEC office
- Fill in an application form
- Your ID book is scanned
- A bar-coded sticker is pasted in your ID book
Please note that completing the form and receiving a bar-coded sticker or receipt doesn't mean that you're registered, it only means that you've applied for registration. Your application must still be processed (may take up to 7 working days). Please see "How do I know if or where I'm registered?" below to find out how to check if your application was successful.
When do I have to re-register?
We continuously strive to provide a better voting experience for voters by ensuring accessibility to voting stations and trying to reduce long queues on Election Day.
To help us achieve this, you need to re-register when:
- your home address changes (if you've moved a short distance, please see Moved since you registered? to find out how to check if your voting district has changed), or
- we inform you that your voting district boundaries have changed. Check your voter registration details to find out if you may have to re-register.
How do I know if or where I’m registered?
To check your registration status, you can:
- send an SMS with your ID number to 32810 (R1.00 per SMS);
- check your voter registration details online;
- call our call centre on 0800 11 8000 (+27 11 654 1000 from outside South Africa);
- check at your voting station during a registration weekend; or
- check at your local local IEC office during office hours.
Note: It can take up to 7 working days for your registration application to be processed.
Still have questions? See FAQ: Voter registration for answers.