How do I register?
To vote in elections, you must register as a voter. You only have to register once, unless you move or your voting district changes.
Who can register?
- be a South African citizen;
- be at least 16 years old; and
- have a green, bar-coded ID book.
When can I register?
You can apply for registration at any time however, to be able to vote in a specific election, you must be registered before the election date is proclaimed (published in the Government Gazette) by the President. The Voters’ Roll for a specific election closes at 5pm on the day of proclamation. Contact your Municipal Electoral Office for details.
Where can I register?
Apply for registration during announced registration weekends at your voting station (in the voting district where you live) - use our online Voting Station Finder to get a map of your voting station.
You can also apply for registration at your local Municipal Electoral Office during office hours, but please phone first to arrange a time. Important: You can't register at our national or provincial offices, only the municipal offices.
What must I bring?
You need to apply in person. Bring your:
- South African, green, bar-coded ID book
- Valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) if you don’t have an ID book
What happens when I apply?
- Go to the voting station or Municipal Electoral Office
- Fill in an "Application for Registration as a Voter" 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 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?
You only have to re-register when:
- Your home address changes
- We inform you that your voting district has changed
Please see Moved since you registered? to find out how to check if your voting district has changed.
How do I know if or where I’m registered?
You can check your registration details by:
If your application for registration was successful, you'll get your registration info (including your voting station details).
Note: It can take up to 7 working days for your registration application to be processed.