Reason for Change in Voter ID
The right to vote is given to all Indian citizens above the age of 18, irrespective of their caste, religion or economic status. All Indians who are eligible to vote can apply for a voter’s ID card and participate in the electoral process.
Besides allowing the individual to take part in elections, the voter ID card can also be used as proof of identity and proof of address, as it is a government issued photo identity card. For this purpose, all the information contained in the card should always be updated and correct.
Occasionally there might be errors in the information printed on the voter ID card, such as the name or address being misspelled or errors in other information mentioned on the card.
The Election Commission of India has simplified the process for correcting the address mentioned in the voter ID card, making it easier for individuals to update the card with their correct addresses.
Correct Address in Voter ID Card
Making a correction in your voter ID card is now a simple process that can be done either offline by visiting an electoral office or online, where you can submit the form and documents online.
To correct your address, you will have to submit an application form (Form 8) and attach supporting documents mentioning your correct address.
The application will be verified and you will receive your voter’s ID card with the changed address if verification is completed successfully.
A more detailed procedure is mentioned below.
Step by Step Procedure for Correcting Address in Voter ID Card
The procedure to correct address in your voter’s ID card is mentioned in detail below:
- Visit the electoral office and collect a copy of Form 8. You could also download the form from the website of the Chief Electoral Officer for your state/Union Territory.
- Fill in the information as requested and attach a copy of your correct address proof (such as utility bills, passport, driver’s licence, Aadhaar card, bank passbook etc.)
- Submit the filled in form and address proof along with other documents as mentioned in the form to the electoral office, where you will be issued with a reference number. You can track your application status using this number if you wish to.
- Your application will be verified, and upon successful verification, you will receive a notification.
- You can then collect your corrected voter ID card from the electoral office.
Online Process for Correcting Address in Voter ID Card
With the introduction of online application forms, voters can now make corrections in their address as given on their voter ID card from their homes, without having to visit the electoral office.
The procedure for applying online for correcting the address in a voter ID card is given below:
- Go to the official website of the Chief Electoral Officer for your state, where you will find an online registration or online voter services tab.
- Select Form 8 from among the forms listed and fill in the details as required, such as your personal details, constituency, voter ID number etc.
- Upload any one of the supporting documents as mentioned in the form’s guidelines- proof of address in the form of electricity or telephone bills, passport, Aadhaar card, bank passbook etc.
- Submit the form after uploading the documents, after which a reference number will be generated. Note down the number if you wish to check the status of your application online.
- The electoral officers will verify your application form based on the documents and information provided.
- If the verification process is successful, you will receive a notification regarding the same and you can collect your voter ID card with the changed address from the nearest electoral office.
Form for Correction of Address in Voter ID card
If you wish to correct your address on your voter ID card, you can do so by submitting an application form (Form 8) along with documents with your correct address.
Form 8 is available at all electoral offices, as well as online. It can be downloaded from every state/Union Territory’s dedicated Electoral Officer’s website, or it can be filled in and submitted online from the same source.
When filling in the form, you will be asked to provide details such as your name and address, state or Union Territory, district and constituency. You will also have to provide documents with the corrected address mentioned, such as a passport or other such official document.