A voter ID card is one of the most important documents issued by the government to its citizens. It permits the bearer to participate and vote in elections at the regional, start as well as national level, allowing the bearer to elect a representative who will govern the region, state or country respectively.
Once your voter ID card has been issued, you can use the same card throughout your lifetime to participate in elections. In the event the card is lost, misplaced or is unusable due to being torn or mutilated, you can apply for a duplicate card.
Applying for a duplicate voter ID card is now a quick and convenient process. Applicants can apply for a duplicate voter’s ID card in the following situations:
The applicant will have to submit an application form along with supporting documents to the Electoral Officer, who will issue the card after verifying the information.
Listed below are the Steps to Follow When Applying for a Duplicate Voter ID Card:
Applying for a duplicate voter ID card used to be a long process earlier, where you had to make multiple trips to the local electoral office to collect a form, submit it and track your application.
The Election Commission of India has now introduced an online application process for duplicate voter ID cards across all states and union territories. Now, you can apply for a duplicate card from the comfort of your home and complete all the formalities without having to visit the electoral office each time.
Process to Apply Online for a Duplicate Voter’s ID Card:
The form to be submitted for the issue of a duplicate voter ID card is known as Form EPIC-002. This is the form for the issue of a photo voter ID card, and is available on the websites of the various Chief Electoral Officers for each state. The form is also available at all electoral offices across the country.
Applicants will have to provide certain details when applying for a duplicate voter’s ID card, such as their state or union territory, full name, address, date of birth, as well as the reason for applying for a duplicate card.
In case of loss or theft of voter ID card, a copy of the FIR registered at the time of the loss/theft is also to be attached, along with address proof, identity proof as well as passport sized photographs.