Voter ID Card - Apply Online for Voter ID Card, Track Status, Eligibility And Documents Required

By Mayashree Acharya

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Updated on: May 23rd, 2024

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46 min read

Voter ID, also known as EPIC (Election Photo Identity Card) is a photo identity card issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to all Indian citizens eligible to vote. The purpose of voter ID is to serve as identity proof for voters, increase efficiency and prevent impersonation and fraud during free and fair democratic elections.  This card is also commonly known as an election card, voter’s card, or Voter ID card.

Structure of Voter ID

Voter ID card
Voter ID
Sample Voter ID

A voter ID card is an accepted form of personal identification in India as it is issued by a government body. The voter ID consists of the following details:

  • A unique Serial number (EPIC Number)
  • Photograph of the cardholder
  • A hologram containing the respective state/national symbol
  • Name of cardholder
  • Father’s Name of cardholder
  • Gender of cardholder
  • Card holder’s Date of Birth

The card holder’s residential address and signature of the issuing authority (Electoral registration officer) are on the rear side of the voter ID card.

How to Apply for a Voter ID Card?

A citizen of India can apply for a voter ID in three ways; online, offline or through semi-online methods.

How to Apply for Voter ID Card Online?

Step 1: Visit the National Voters' Services Portal (NVSP).

Step 2: Click on the ‘Sign-Up’ option available on the top right corner of the homepage.

NVSP Portal

Step 3: Enter your mobile number, email ID and captcha code and click ‘Continue’.

NVSP Login

Step 4: Enter your ‘First Name’, ‘Last Name’, ‘Password’, ‘Confirm Password’, and click the ‘Request OTP’ button.

NVSP Portal Registration

Step 5: Enter the OTP sent to your mobile number and email ID and click ‘Verify’.

NVSP Portal OTP

Step 6: Log in to the Voters' Services portal by clicking the ‘Login’ button, entering your mobile number, password, and captcha and clicking the ‘Request OTP’ button.

NVSP Portal Login

Step 7:  Enter the OTP sent to your mobile number and click the ‘Verify & Login’ button.

Step 8: Click the ‘Fill Form 6’ button under the ‘New registration for general electors’ tab.

Form 6

Step 9: Enter all the details on Form 6, which includes personal details, relatives details, contact details, Aadhaar details, date of birth, address, and declaration. Upload the required documents in the given sections and click the ‘Preview and Submit’ button.

Step 10: Check if the entered details are correct and click ‘Submit’.

How to Apply for Voter ID Card Semi-Online?

Step 1: Visit the National Voters' Service Portal (NVSP).

Step 2: Click on the ‘Download’ option under the ‘New registration for general electors’ tab.

Step 3: Form 6 will be downloaded. Take a print out of Form 6.

Step 4: Fill in the Form 6 with the required details.

Step 5: Submit the completed Form 6 along with a photo and supporting documents at an Election Office near you.

How to Apply for Voter ID Card Offline?

Step 1: Visit the nearest State Election Office and request Form 6.

Step 2: Fill in the Form 6 with the required details.

Step 3: Submit the completed Form 6 along with a photo and supporting documents at the Election Office.

Documents Required For Voter ID Card

Applying for a Voters ID requires you to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Photograph

Voter ID Card Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a Voter ID card, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • An Indian citizen
  • Must be aged 18 years or above
  • Must have a permanent address

How to Track Status of Voter ID?

Step 1: Visit the National Voters' Services Portal.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Login’ button. Login by entering your mobile number, password, captcha code and OTP.

Step 3: Once you login, click on the ‘Track Application Status’ tab.

Voter card status

Step 4: Enter the reference number, select your state and click the ‘Submit’ button.

Voter ID check status

Step 5: The voter registration status will be displayed on the screen.

The reference ID is a unique number provided in the acknowledgement slip you receive at the time of submission of your voter registration application. 

You can also check voter registration status by visiting the State Election Office and providing your name, date of birth, and address details. The officials will check and provide you with the voter registration status.

Points to Note Before Applying for a Voter ID

Voter ID is an important document required for an Indian citizen as it enables him/her to exercise a fundamental duty of voting in democratic elections. Voter ID also serves as proof of identity and address. Here are the following things to keep a note of:

  • Applicants must be of a minimum legal age of 18 years
  • They should be of sound mind, free of criminal charges and not financially bankrupt
  • They should fill out Form 6 and ensure that they provide relevant documents
  • Applicants must solely apply for Voter ID only through NVSP website or government approved centres for this purpose
  • Applicants must ensure details such as spelling of their name, date of birth, address and so on are correct
  • Applicants must also ensure that all information that is provided is legally correct in all aspects
  • On successfully receiving the Voter ID, applicants must re-verify their documents and Voter ID to see if the information is correct

How to Verify Voter ID?

Applicants can verify their Voter ID if they suspect their ID to be a counterfeit by using their Voter ID number. They can do so by checking if their names are present in the electoral roll, following which they can cross verify the details. If there are any discrepancies, the applicant must bring it to the notice of the Chief Electoral Officer.

Steps to verify Voter ID

Step 1: Visit National Voters' Services Portal.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Search in Electoral Roll’ tab.

Voter verification

Step 3: Select any one of the options - ‘Search by Details’, ‘Search by EPIC’ or ‘Search by Mobile’.

Step 4: Enter the required information and click ‘Search’.

Voter ID verification online

Step 5: Your details will be displayed on the screen. You can further check if your details are correct by clicking on ‘View Details’ under the ‘Action’ column.

Voter ID Correction in Electoral roll

Cardholders who want to make necessary changes/corrections of their details in their voter ID can do so by physically visiting the nearest election office or by logging into the online National Voters’ Service Portal and filling Form 8 with the updated details. After you submit Form 8 along with relevant supporting documents to the State Election Office or online on the portal, the booth level officers will process your application and make the necessary changes to your voter ID.

How to Download Voter ID Card Online?

The steps to download the digital Voter ID or e-EPIC card are as follows:

Step 1: Visit the official Voter Services Portal.

Step 2: Click ‘Login’. Enter the mobile number, password, captcha code and OTP to login.  

Step 3: Click on the ‘E-EPIC Download’ tab. 

Voter card download

Step 4: Select the ‘EPIC No’ or ‘Form Reference no.’ option.

Step 5: Enter EPIC number or Form Reference Number, select state and click ‘Search’. 

The EPIC number is the Voter ID number. The reference number is available in the acknowledgement received after submitting Form 6.

How to download Voter ID

Step 6: The Voter ID details will be displayed on the screen. Click the ‘Send OTP’ button. Please note that if your mobile number is not updated, the ‘Send OTP’ button will not be available. 

You can update your mobile number by filling out ‘Form 8’.

steps to download Voter ID card

Step 7: Enter OTP and click on ‘Verify’.

e-EPIC download

Step 8: Click the ‘Download e-EPIC’ button to download the Voter ID card.

e-EPIC card download

How to Download Voter ID from the Voter Helpline App?

Step 1: Download the Voter Helpline App from the Google Play Store or Apple Store.

Step 2: Click the ‘Personal Vault’ option.

Step 3: Click on ‘Login’.

Step 4: Enter your mobile number, password and OTP and click ‘Login’.

Step 5: Your e-EPIC card details will be displayed on the screen. Click the ‘Download’ button.

The E-EPIC card will be downloaded on your mobile phone.

How to Download Voter ID in Digilocker?

You can store the Voter ID in PDF format in online lockers like Digilockers. For this, you need to download the e-EPIC card through the Voter Services Portal or the Voter Helpline App and then upload the downloaded PDF of the e-EPIC card on Digilocker.

Uses of Voter ID

The Voter ID card is used to furnish important details, such as:

  • The Voter ID card serves as proof of identity and address
  • A Voter ID card is an acknowledgement that the cardholder is a registered voter
  • The Voter ID card can be utilised to avail certain government schemes

Steps to Take When You Don't Receive Voter ID

If you haven’t received the Voter ID, do not worry. Follow the instructions below:

  • Login the NVSP portal.
  • Click on ‘Track Application Status’.
  • Enter your reference number that you received while submitting form, select your state and click ‘Submit’.
  • You will see the updated status of your application.

It may approximately take 30 days from the date of making an online application for your voter ID to reach you. If there are any discrepancies in receiving your voter ID, you can physically visit the state election office and rectify things.

NRI Voter ID 

Non-Resident Indians (NRI) can still exercise their right to vote. NRIs can apply online or offline and have their Voter IDs issued when they do not have the citizenship of another contry.  NRIs have to be present in the country and their constituency to cast their vote and cannot do it remotely as of now.

Elections 2024 in India

The general elections 2024 in India is scheduled to be conducted in 7 phases across all states and UTs. In a few states, elections will be completed in just one phase, while in most states, elections are held in more than one phase in different Parliamentary Constituencies (PCs) of the state. The general elections have already started and it is ongoing in India currently. The polling dates of the 7 phases of 2024 elections in India are as follows:

Phases

Polling Dates

Phase 1

19 April 2024

Phase 2

26 April 2024

Phase 3

7 May 2024

Phase 4

13 May 2024

Phase 5

20 May 2024

Phase 6

25 May 2024

Phase 7

1 June 2024

The table below provides the details of the states and the general election dates in 2024:

States

Number of Parliamentary Constituencies (PCs)

Polling Dates

Andhra Pradesh

25

13 May 2024

Arunachal Pradesh

2

19 Apr 2024

Assam

5

19 Apr 2024

5

26 Apr 2024

4

07 May 2024

Bihar

4

19 Apr 2024

5

26 Apr 2024

5

07 May 2024

5

13 May 2024

5

20 May 2024

8

25 May 2024

8

01 June 2024

Chhattisgarh

1

19 Apr 2024

3

26 Apr 2024

7

07 May 2024

Goa

2

07 May 2024

Gujarat

26

07 May 2024

Haryana

10

25 May 2024

Himachal Pradesh

4

01 June 2024

Jharkhand

4

13 May 2024

3

20 May 2024

4

25 May 2024

3

01 June 2024

Karnataka

14

26 April 2024

14

07 May 2024

Kerala

20

26 April 2024

Madhya Pradesh

6

19 April 2024

7

26 April 2024

8

07 May 2024

8

13 May 2024

Maharashtra

5

19 April 2024

8

26 April 2024

11

07 May 2024

11

13 May 2024

13

20 May 2024

Manipur

1

19 April 2024

1

26 April 2024

Meghalaya

2

19 April 2024

Mizoram

1

19 April 2024

Nagaland

1

19 April 2024

Odisha

4

13 May 2024

5

20 May 2024

6

25 May 2024

6

01 June 2024

Punjab

13

01 June 2024

Rajasthan

12

19 April 2024

13

26 April 2024

Sikkim

1

19 April 2024

Tamil Nadu

39

19 April 2024

Telangana

17

13 May 2024

Tripura

1

19 April 2024

1

26 April 2024

Uttar Pradesh

8

19 Apr 2024

8

26 Apr 2024

10

07 May 2024

13

13 May 2024

14

20 May 2024

14

25 May 2024

13

01 June 2024

Uttarakhand

5

19 Apr 2024

West Bengal

3

19 Apr 2024

3

26 Apr 2024

4

07 May 2024

8

13 May 2024

7

20 May 2024

8

25 May 2024

9

01 June 2024

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

1

19 Apr 2024

Chandigarh 

1

01 June 2024

Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 

2

07 May 2024

Jammu and Kashmir

1

19 Apr 2024

1

26 Apr 2024

1

07 May 2024

1

13 May 2024

1

20 May 2024

Ladakh

1

20 May 2024

Lakshadweep

1

19 Apr 2024

NCT of Delhi

7

25 May 2024

Puducherry

1

19 Apr 2024

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply for duplicate Voter ID?

You can get a duplicate Voter ID by filling and submitting Form EPIC-002 to the nearest election office.

What is a digital Voter ID?

The digital Voter ID or e-EPIC is a portable and secure PDF version of the Voter ID card that you can download on your mobile device or computer. You can take a printout of the downloaded e-EPIC for your personal use. The digital format allows voters to upload it to DigiLocker or store it on their phones as needed.
 

How to apply for digital Voter ID?

You can apply for a digital Voter ID or e-EPIC by logging into the NVSP portal and clicking on ‘Fill Form 6’ option.

What are the forms required for applying a Voter ID?

These are the forms for applying for a Voter ID in India:

  • Form 6: Form to apply for a new Voter ID for Indian residents
  • Form 6A: Form to apply for a new Voter ID for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
  • Form 8: Form to apply for corrections or update any information in an existing Voter ID card. 
How much time does it take to receive a Voter ID after applying for it?

After submitting the application, it takes approximately 30 days to get your Voter ID.

What to do if I did not receive a Voter ID card?

You can track the status of the Voter ID card on the NVSP portal to check if your Voter ID card is ready. If it is issued and you have not received the Voter ID card, you can download it from the NVSP portal. 

How to make corrections on Voter ID?

To make any changes or correction of your Voter ID details, you need to log in to the NVSP website and fill out Form 8.

How to download Voter ID?

You can download your Voter ID card online by following the below process:

  • Visit the official NVSP website.
  • Register and log in to the NVSP website.
  • Click on the ‘E-EPIC Download’ tab.
  • Select the ‘EPIC No’ or ‘Form Reference no.’ option.
  • Enter EPIC number or Form Reference Number, select state and click ‘Search’. 
  • The Voter ID details will be displayed on the screen. Click the ‘Send OTP’ button. Please note that if your mobile number is not updated, the ‘Send OTP’ button will not be available. You can update your mobile number by filling ‘Form 8’ on the NVSP website.
  • Enter OTP and click on ‘Verify’.
  • Click the ‘Download e-EPIC’ button to download the Voter ID card.
Can I vote without my Voter ID card?

Yes, you can vote when the ECI has issued a Voter ID card to you, but you have not yet received it, and your name appears on the Voter list or electoral Roll. You can vote by downloading your Voter ID card through the NVSP. You can produce the downloaded Voter ID card at the polling station or a valid ID proof, such as an Aadhaar card, driving license, PAN card, etc.

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Voter ID or EPIC is an identity card issued by ECI for Indian citizens to vote. Details on structure, ways to apply, eligibility, tracking status, verifying, corrections, download, and usefulness. Information on upcoming 2024 elections in India. NRIs can also apply for a Voter ID. If not received, steps on tracking. Usage and procedures of Voter ID discussed.

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