COMELEC iRehistro: Online Application Form for Voters

Did you know that on May 15, 2015, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) introduced iREHISTRO?

This innovative system allows Filipino citizens to complete and submit voter registration forms online.

It allows users to fill out the OVF1 form online, generate a QR code, and then complete their registration by submitting the printed form in person.

Your privacy is protected since no personal data is stored on any server after generating the form. Learn more about this important tool provided by the Philippine government to Filipinos, both local and overseas.

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What is iREHISTRO?

iREHISTRO is a system that helps Filipino citizens register to vote.

It simplifies the process by letting users fill out the OVF1 form with a QR code online.

Here’s how it works:

  • Fill out your information electronically.
  • Save a PDF copy of your completed OVF1 form on your device.
  • Print the form on A4 paper.
  • Submit the printed form in person at the nearest registration site.

Your privacy is protected, as no personal data is stored on any server after generating the form.

If you lose the PDF, you’ll need to repeat the process to create another OVF1 form.

Advantages of Using iREHISTRO

Using iREHISTRO offers many benefits for voter registration, both locally and abroad:

Efficient Time Management

  • Saves time by allowing electronic input of information.
  • Reduces the need for long visits to registration centers.
  • Ideal for busy individuals or those far from registration sites.

Accessibility for Overseas Voters

  • Allows overseas Filipinos to register without visiting an embassy or consulate.
  • Makes it easier for Filipinos abroad to exercise their voting rights.

Reduced Bureaucratic Hurdles

  • Simplifies the registration process with a user-friendly digital interface.
  • Decreases paperwork and bureaucratic complexity.
  • Minimizes errors and streamlines the registration experience.

Data Privacy Assurance

  • Prioritizes user privacy by not storing personal data on servers.
  • Ensures confidential and protected user information.

Convenient Reprint Option

  • Offers the option to generate a new OVF1 form if the original PDF is lost.
  • Reduces stress associated with losing important registration documents.

Qualifications

To use iREHISTRO, you must meet the following qualifications:

Filipino Citizenship

  • Only for Filipino citizens.

Age Requirement

  • Must be at least 18 years old by the next election date.
  • For example, if voting in 2022, you must be 18 by the election date.

Not Disqualified by Law

  • Cannot be disqualified from voting under Philippine law.
  • Disqualifications may include certain legal judgments or criminal convictions.

Requirements

Access to a Device

  • A computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet access.

Personal Information

  • Full name, date of birth, address, and relevant identification documents (e.g., passport, government-issued ID).

A4-Sized Paper and Printer

  • After completing the form online, print it on A4 paper.

OV Registration Site Information

  • Know the location of the nearest Overseas Voting (OV) registration site.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using iREHISTRO

Step 1: Accomplish a Voter Registration Form

New and reactivating registrants, both local and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), must first complete the Voter Registration form.

Online Application or Registration on iRehistro:

  • Open a web browser and go to iREHISTRO.
  • Select whether you are a local or overseas applicant.
  • Read and accept the disclaimer notice.
  • Choose the type of application (new registration, reactivation, change of details, or transfer of record).
  • Fill in your personal details accurately.
  • Set an appointment for biometrics and form submission.
  • Save and print three (3) copies of the PDF form.

Printed Copies:

If you can’t complete the online registration, print the forms and fill them out manually.

  • Print three (3) copies of the Voter Registration Form on legal-sized bond paper.
  • Accurately fill in your personal details.
  • Obtain the form from irehistro.comelec.gov.ph or your nearest Embassy or Consulate.

Step 2: Prepare All the Requirements

Before visiting your local COMELEC office, gather the necessary documents:

  • Three (3) copies of the filled-out Voter Registration Form.
  • One (1) valid ID with your current address and a photocopy. Acceptable IDs include:
    • SSS/GSIS/UMID,
    • PRC ID,
    • Driver’s License,
    • Senior Citizen ID,
    • Postal ID,
    • IBP ID,
    • Passport,
    • NBI Clearance,
    • Certificate of Confirmation from the NCIP,
    • School ID.
  • A ballpoint pen.
  • Follow health protocols: wear a facemask and maintain social distancing.

Step 3: Visit Your Local COMELEC Office

COMELEC offices are generally open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Appointment acceptance varies by location; some offices accept online appointments, others accept walk-ins.
  • Check announcements from your nearest Embassy or Consulate.
  • Upon arrival, register and receive a number or join the waiting line.
  • Complete the Health Declaration Form as needed.

Disclaimer: The iRehistro platform for Overseas Voting has been unavailable since 5:00 PM on October 13, 2023 (Philippine Time). The system is currently offline for enhancements and maintenance activities. Stay tuned for further updates on when the iRehistro facility will be back online by following the official social media pages of both COMELEC and DFA.

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Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, voter registration for the National and Local elections continues. It’s important for all eligible citizens to register to participate in shaping the nation’s future through voting for leaders who will influence key aspects of governance.

 

Conclusion

Whether you’re a first-time voter or an overseas Filipino, iREHISTRO offers a streamlined and efficient way to register to vote.

This innovative system eliminates the hassles of traditional voter registration by allowing you to complete forms online, ensuring you save time and avoid unnecessary trips to registration centers.

By following the step-by-step guide and meeting all the requirements, you can ensure a smooth and hassle-free registration experience.

Remember, voting is a fundamental right and a vital part of participating in the democratic process.

Your vote helps shape the future of our nation, influencing crucial decisions that affect all aspects of governance.

Don’t miss the opportunity to make your voice heard in the upcoming elections.

Take advantage of the iREHISTRO system to register easily and conveniently.

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