You can obtain a new Voter ID Card either by applying online or in person.
Obtaining a Voter ID Card
Step 1: You are eligible to vote if your name appears in the electoral list, otherwise you need to register to vote. Check if you are registered to vote here. Read more about verifying your name here.
Step 2: Check which category of voter you are – General elector, NRI elector, or Service elector. If you are an NRI elector or Service elector, know more here.
Step 3: You can enroll either online or in person:
General voters (resident electors in India), first time voters and voters shifting to a new constituency have to fill out Form 6 on the National Voters’ Service Portal (NVSP). The Form will be uploaded online. Read more here.
You also enroll in person by filling two copies of Form 6 which is also available free of cost in offices of Electoral Registration Officers/Assistant Electoral Registration Officers and Booth Level Officers (BLOs).
If you are filing the application in person, you can fill it:
- In front of the concerned Electoral Registration Officer / Assistant Electoral Registration Officer; or
- Send the form by post addressed to him; or
- Hand the form over to the Booth Level Officer of your polling area.
Step 4: Whether you choose to enrol online or in person, you will need to submit the following documents along with your application form:
- One recent Passport size coloured photograph and
- Photo-copies of proof of age (for applicants between 18-21 years) and proof of residence. Know more here.
Step 5: A BLO will visit the address given in the Form, to verify the details you gave in your application. After the Voter ID Card is ready, the BLO will either send/drop it off to your address or will request you to collect it from the Electoral Registration Office. Generally, it takes around 2 months from the date of application to receive your Voter ID Card. Track your application status on the NVSP.
Step 6: The Electoral Registration Officer issues a notice with the draft of the names of the voters, so that you can object to any of the names. This list will be displayed on the website of the Chief Election Officer (CEO), notice board of Electoral Registration Officer and polling stations. Know more about filing an objection here.
If you require any additional help and support, please see here.
Read this government resource to know more.