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Register To Vote

How do I register?

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.

Who can register?

You must:

  • be a South African citizen;
  • be at least 16 years old (you can only vote from age 18); and
  • and have a green, bar-coded ID book; smartcard ID; or valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC).

To Register within South Africa
When and where can I register?

Apply for registration at the voting station for your voting district on the final registration weekend for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections set for 26-27 January 2019. Voting stations will be open 8am-5pm both on the Saturday and Sunday.

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.

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:-

  • green, bar-coded ID book;
  • smartcard ID; or
  • valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC).

No other forms of ID can be accepted. Only original documents (no copies) are accepted.

What happens when I apply?

  • Go to your local IEC office
  • Complete the registration form
  • Your identity document book is scanned
  • A barcoded sticker is pasted in your green ID book or on your valid Temporary Identity Certificate. If you have a smartcard ID, the sticker will be pasted on a special form that will be given to you.

Please note that completing the form and receiving a barcoded 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).

How do I know if or where I'm registered?

To check your registration details, you can:

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:

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.

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.

Contact the IEC

Contact Centre: 0800 11 8000

Where do I vote?

Please remember that you must be a registered voter in South Africa in order to vote. To confirm that your name is on the voters' roll, and to find out which voting station you're registered at, please check your voter registration status online, SMS your ID number to 32810, or check on the IEC's mobile app.

National and Provincial Elections
Within South Africa

You need to vote at the voting station where you're registered to vote. Please check your voter registration status to find out which voting station you're registered to vote at.

However, if you're outside your voting district on Election Day, you may vote at another voting station in South Africa (use the IEC Voting Station Finder to find your correct station). If you're outside the province where you're registered, you'll only be able to vote in the national election and not the provincial election. You may be required to provide proof of registration (application sticker pasted in your ID when you applied for registration) if the zip-zip scanner is unable to verify your registration. You'll also have to complete a form (VEC 4) at the voting station.

Outside South Africa

You need to vote at the South African embassy, high commission or consulate- general you selected when you submitted your VEC10 notification of your intention to vote abroad. You must have an approved VEC10 in order to vote outside South Africa.

Where is my voting station?

If you are a registered voter, you can find your voting station information by checking your voter registration status.

If you are not registered, and want to register at your correct voting station during a special registration weekend (held in the months before major elections), use the IEC Voting Station Finder to locate your station on a map.

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