Who can register
A person can register to vote in South Africa if they:
- Are a South African citizen;
- Are at least 16 years old (you can only vote from age 18 though);
- Have a green, bar-coded identification (ID) book; smartcard ID; or valid temporary identity certificate (TIC).
Where and when to register
Apply for registration during office hours at the local Electoral Commission office responsible for your voting district, or register to vote on special registration days (often called registration weekends).
If you would like to register at your local Electoral Commission office, please always call first to make an appointment, as nearer to an election electoral staff are often out of office to conduct voter education in their communities. Like the Electoral Commission on Facebook (IECSouthAfrica) or follow us on Twitter (@IECSouthAfrica) to get updates on our registration weekend/s dates.
What you need to register
By law, you must apply in person (no online or email registrations are permitted) and you must bring your valid:
- green, bar-coded ID book, or;
- smartcard ID, or;
- temporary identity certificate (TIC).
No other forms of identification are accepted (not even passports or driving licences). Only original documents – no copies – are accepted. Please note that no proof of residence is required.
What happens if you’ve moved
During municipal elections and by-elections, you must vote at the voting station where you are registered, and you must register in the voting district in which you live most of the time. If you are already registered as a voter, and you have recently moved or you realise that you will be living in another place on Election Day (for example, if you are a student), you must go back to a registration point and fill in a form to change your registration details. You will then be moved to the correct voting district and your name will be put on the voters’ roll for that district. To find out where your correct voting station is, please go to https://maps.elections.org.za/vsfinder/
What happens if your voting district has changed
During municipal elections and by-elections, you must vote at the voting station where you are registered, and you must register in the voting district in which you live most of the time. If you have been informed that your voting district boundaries have changed, you may need to re-register in another voting district. To find out where your correct voting station is, please go to https://maps.elections.org.za/vsfinder/