To vote in South Africa’s 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.
Make an appointment to apply for registration during office hours at the
local IEC office
responsible for your voting district. Please always phone first to make an appointment.
Register to vote using our
Online Voter Registration Service until the date of proclamation of the election.
You can use our Voter Information Portal site to register to vote or update your current voter information, view your current address, request a special vote, find a voting location, view important election dates (upcoming election in your ward).
Whether you are registering online or in person, you must provide your South African ID, either:
No other forms of identification are accepted. Only original documents from the Department of Home Affairs are accepted.
To check your registration details, you can:
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:
Important: During municipal elections and by-elections, you must vote at the voting station where you are registered, so it is important to re-register whenever you move or your voting district boundaries change.
South African citizens who wish to vote in South Africa's next National Election must be registered to vote before proclamation of the election by the President of the Republic.
Why should you register and vote if you live abroad? Because each and every citizen has the right to vote in South Africa's elections, and the responsibility to participate in making decisions for its future. It's your democracy, own it!
To be eligible to register to vote if you live abroad, you must:
Remember: By law, South Africans abroad can only vote in South Africa’s national elections; they cannot vote in the provincial elections, regional elections for National Assembly, or municipal elections.
Registering to vote abroad can be done in one of two ways: