Philippine COMELEC Registration Guide for Filipino Voters

As the 2025 National and Local Elections approach, it’s time to ensure that every Filipino’s voice is heard by registering to vote.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has made the process straightforward and accessible, with a registration period from February 12 to September 30.

From important dates and registration locations to eligibility criteria and necessary documents, we cover everything you need to know.

By registering, you contribute to shaping the future of our nation.

Take advantage of the extended registration period and multiple convenient locations to make your vote count.

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Important Dates and Registration Locations

Registration Period

Voter registration will take place from February 12 to September 30.

This extended period allows you plenty of time to find a convenient date to fulfill your civic duty.

 

Office of the Election Officer (OEO)

You can register at the nearest OEO in your area.

These offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday, including holidays.

Register Anywhere Program (RAP) Sites

  • The RAP sites are an alternative for those who cannot visit the OEO.
  • These sites are available in various locations such as malls, universities, and government offices across all Philippine cities and towns until August 31.
  • Through RAP, you can register regardless of your place of residence without needing to show up at the OEO.
  • New registrations, transfer of registrations, correction of entries, and reactivations are accepted at RAP sites.

Eligibility for Voter Registration

Before you proceed with your voter registration, ensure you meet the following eligibility criteria:

1. Age Requirement

  • You must be at least 18 years old on the day of the 2025 National and Local Elections.

2. Residency in the Philippines

  • You should have been a resident of the Philippines for at least one year.

3. Residency in the Place of Voting

  • You must have resided in the place where you intend to vote for at least six months prior to the election.

4. Legal Qualifications

  • You must not be disqualified by law from voting. Disqualifications can include being convicted of certain crimes or being declared insane or incompetent by a court.

5. Registration Status

  • You should not be currently registered. This is particularly important for first-time voters or those who have relocated and need to register in a new area.

Meeting these eligibility requirements is important to ensure your registration is valid and you are able to vote in the upcoming elections. If you meet all these criteria, you are encouraged to register and make your voice heard in the democratic process.

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Requirements for Voter Registration

To successfully register as a voter, you need to prepare the following documents. Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork ready before heading to the registration site to ensure a smooth process.

  1. Completed CEF-1 Form
  • Fill out the CEF-1 form online through the COMELEC’s iRehistro website.
  • Print the form on long bond paper, back-to-back.
  • Do not sign or affix your thumbmark on the printed form until you are in the presence of the Election Officer.
  1. Valid Government ID

Bring a valid government-issued ID that bears your signature. Acceptable IDs include:

  • Philippine Passport
  • Driver’s License
  • SSS/GSIS ID
  • Postal ID
  • NBI Clearance
  • PRC License
  • IBP ID
  • OWWA ID
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • PWD ID
  • School ID (for students)
  1. Proof of Residency
  • Provide a document that proves your residency in the barangay or city where you are registering.
  • This can be a utility bill, a barangay certification, or any other document showing your address.
  1. Birth Certificate (For First-Time Registrants)
  • A copy of your birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or the Local Civil Registry.
  1. Additional Documents (If Applicable)
  • For reactivation, correction of entries, or transfer of registration, bring any additional documents that support your application, such as a marriage certificate (for correction of married name), or a court order (for other corrections).

Important Reminders

  • Ensure all documents are original or certified true copies. Photocopies may not be accepted.
  • Double-check the specific requirements of your local COMELEC office as they may have additional requirements or guidelines.

Having these documents prepared will make your voter registration process quick and efficient. Don’t forget to bring them along with you when you visit the local COMELEC office or RAP site.

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Step-by-Step Guide for Voter Registration

  1. Visit COMELEC’s iRehistro website.
  2. Choose “Application Forms”.
  3. Fill out the CEF-1 online form.
  4. Print the CEF-1 on a long bond paper back-to-back. Do not sign or affix your thumbmark on the application forms yet. This must be done in the presence of the Election Officer.
  5. Bring the printed CEF-1 form and a valid government ID with your signature to the local COMELEC office or RAP site.

Reminder

  • Completing the online form does not automatically make you a registered voter.
  • You still need to personally appear at your local COMELEC office or RAP site to finalize your registration.
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How to Reactivate Voter’s Registration

Online Application for Reactivation and Transfer

  • For those who need to reactivate or transfer their voter registration, an online application can be filed until September 7.
  • Submit your application to the official email addresses of the OEOs, which can be found on the COMELEC’s website.

Video: [2025 NLE Voter Registration] Application for Registration (New Voter)

Residents of the Philippines who are at least 18 years old by the 2025 NLE, residing in the country for at least 1 year, and in their voting area for at least 6 months, can apply for voter registration at the OEO, RAP sites, or Satellite/Mall Registration Sites. Bring the CEF-1 Application Form and a Valid ID to complete the registration process. The voter registration period is from February 12, 2024, to September 30, 2024, Monday to Saturday, excluding holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Conclusion

Registering to vote is a fundamental right and responsibility of every Filipino citizen.

By ensuring your registration, you contribute to the democratic process and have a say in the country’s future.

Take advantage of the extended registration period and multiple registration locations to make the process convenient for you.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, visit the COMELEC’s official website or your nearest OEO.

Make your voice heard—register to vote today!

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