How to apply in Voter ID Card in Hyderabad?

Being a democratic nation, the right to vote is just as important as exercising it. Eligible citizens must act responsibly and contribute to electing their leaders. The power to shape the destiny of India lies not only with the leaders but with the voters. In order to be able to cast your vote, you need a Voter ID. Learn more about how to apply, track and make corrections in your Voter ID.

Eligibility Criteria To Get EPIC

All Indian citizens who have attained the age of 18 can apply for their Elector Photo Identity Card. Applicants must be 18 years and above on 1st January of the year in which the electoral roll is being revised.

How To Apply For Voter ID

Eligible citizens can choose to apply online as well as offline. To reduce majority of the hassle involved with applying for a Voter ID card, applying online has been made easily available by the Government of India.

How to apply online

To apply for a new Voter ID online, follow the steps given below:

  • Login to the Telangana CEO website.
  • Click on “E-Registration” and a drop down menu will appear.
  • Select “Assembly Constituency”, and choose “Form-6” for new enrollment.
  • You will be directed to the application form.
  • Fill in the all relevant fields accurately.
  • Once the form is complete, you can choose to translate the form to Telugu.
  • Once you are satisfied with your entries, you can click on “submit”.
  • A unique application ID will be issued which must be preserved for future reference and tracking the application status.

How to apply offline

During the revision of the Electoral Rolls, an application for Voter ID can be made after the draft publication of the electoral roll of the constituency is published. There will be a specific number of days within which applicants must submit their forms. This form is available online on the Telangana CEO website and can be downloaded from there. It will also be available at the designated location. Once you have filled the form, you can submit it at the following locations:

  • The application can be made at the designated locations where the draft electoral roll is displayed. This will usually be the polling station.
  • Applicants can also submit their forms at the Electoral Registration Officer and Assistant Electoral Registration Officer of the constituency.
  • At any other time during the year, when the revision is not being held, the applicant must submit Form 8 to the Electoral Registration Officer.

Every year, a team from the Election Commission will be sent to your doorstep to collect information about the eligible electors in your household. They will be able to tell you about Voter ID drives being held in the city, and where and when you can visit these venues to apply.

Tracking Voter ID Status

Once your application has been made, it is important to track the status to ensure that your name is added to the electoral roll. This will enable you to vote.

Tracking Voter ID Status Online

  • To check your status online, visit the Telangana CEO website.
  • You can choose to check your status using your Application ID or your House Number.
  • Select your form.
  • Enter your ID or house number and click on “Search” to generate your results.

Tracking Voter ID status via SMS

To track your Voter ID status, you can send the following SMS.

  • TSVOTEvoter ID number to 51969
  • VOTEvoter ID number to 8790499899

Calling on the Dedicated ECI Helpline Number

There is a dedicated ECI Helpline number for all complaints, queries and status requests. You can call 1950 toll free. The helpline is available between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm on all working days.

How to Apply for Duplicate Voter Id card

Once a Voter ID card is issued, it is valid for life and need not be renewed. But there is always the possibility of losing or misplacing the card, and even wear and tear over time. Citizens can get their Voter ID cards replaced with a duplicate ID card in case of theft, damage, wear and tear or if it has been misplaced.

Online

  • Download the Form EPIC-002 from the Chief Electoral Officer’s website.
  • Fill in the form with information that includes your name, address, voter ID card number and so on.
  • Visit the nearest Electoral Office and submit the form at the office along with supporting documents.
  • You will be given a reference number which you must preserve.
  • You can track the status of your application using this reference number.
  • The Electoral Officer will verify your application and issue a duplicate card.
  • Once the card is ready, you can collect it from the electoral office.

Offline

In case you require a duplicate Voter ID, you can apply for the same using the following process:

  • Visit the electoral office which is closest to your residence.
  • Fill out Form EPIC-002.
  • You will need to provide information that includes your name, address, voter ID card number and so on.
  • Submit the form at the office along with supporting documents.
  • You will be given a reference number which you must preserve.
  • You can track the status of your application using this reference number.
  • The Electoral Officer will verify your application and issue a duplicate card.
  • Once the card is ready, you can collect it from the electoral office.

Documents Required for Voter's ID

  1. Form EPIC-002, filled in and signed
  2. Passport sized photograph
  3. Proof of age (Any one)
    • Driving License
    • Indian Passport
    • Aadhar Letter issued by UIDAI
    • PAN Card
    • Baptism Certificate
    • Marks sheet bearing the date of birth from Class 10, 8 or 5
    • If the person is not educated till class 10, a declaration in prescribed format given in Annexure-1 made by either of his parents will suffice. The applicant will have to appear for verification before ERO/BLO/AERO
    • If the person is not educated till class 10 and his parents are not alive, then a certificate of his age given by a sarpanch of the concerned Gram Panchayat or by a member of the concerned Municipal Corporation or Committee is needed
    • Birth certificate issued by Municipal Authorities or district office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths
    • Birth certificate from a Government or Recognised school last attended by the applicant
  4. Proof of Residence (Any one)
    • Passport, Ration Card, Driving License, Income Tax Return filed or Assessment Order
    • Latest Gas Connection, Telephone, Water, Electricity Bill for that address, either in the name of the applicant or that of an immediate relation like the parents.
    • Postal department’s posts received and delivered in the applicant’s name at the given address.
    • Bank, Post Office, Kisan Pass Book
  5. In case of application for lost or misplaced cards, FIR (First Information Report) registered at the time of loss of the voter card is required

How to get corrections/changes made to Voter Id cards Online

Your Voter ID gives you access to the polling booth to cast your vote during the elections. The Voter ID card also serves as identity, age and residential proof. It is important that all the information on the card is accurate. In case your details are wrongly entered on your card, you can get this rectified.

Correction/updating Using form 8

  • Visit the Telangana CEO website.
  • Click on “E-Registration” and a drop down menu will appear.
  • Select “Assembly Constituency”, and choose “Form-8 correct your card”.
  • You will be directed to the application form.
  • Fill in the all relevant fields accurately.
  • Section IV is very important in this form where the details must be entered accurately so that the new card has the updated and corrected information.
  • Upload your photo and documents required.
  • Click on “submit”.
  • A unique application ID will be issued which must be preserved for future reference and tracking the application status.
  • The Electoral Officer will verify your application and issue a duplicate card.
  • Once the card is ready, you can collect it from the electoral office.

Changing constituency using form 8A

This option should be used only by those who are already included in the current electoral roll but have shifted their residence. In this case, their name will be shifted to the electoral roll of the new constituency.

  • Visit the Telangana CEO website.
  • Click on “E-Registration” and a drop down menu will appear.
  • Select “Assembly Constituency”, and choose “Form-8A transpose your card”.
  • You will be directed to the application form.
  • Fill in the all relevant fields accurately.
  • Section IV is very important in this form where the details of the new area of residence must be entered.
  • Section V need not be filled in if the applicant is the same person seeking transposition. In case the person filling the form is seeking transposition for someone else, then section V can be filled in.
  • Upload your photo and documents required.
  • Once the form is complete, click on “Submit”.
  • A unique application ID will be issued which must be preserved for future reference and tracking the application status.
  • The Electoral Officer will verify your application and issue a duplicate card.
  • You can collect the card from the electoral office.

Documents Required

  • Proof of age (Any one)
    • Indian Passport
    • PAN Card
    • Driving License
    • Aadhar Letter issued by UIDAI
    • Birth certificate issued by Municipal Authorities or district office of the Registrar of Births & Deaths
    • Baptism Certificate
    • Birth certificate from a Government or Recognised school last attended by the applicant
    • Marks sheet bearing the date of birth from Class 10, 8 or 5
    • If the person is not educated till class 10, a declaration in prescribed format given in Annexure-1 made by either of his parents will suffice. The applicant will have to appear for verification before ERO/BLO/AERO
    • If the person is not educated till class 10 and his parents are not alive, then a certificate of his age given by a sarpanch of the concerned Gram Panchayat or by a member of the concerned Municipal Corporation or Committee is needed
  • Proof of Residence (Any one)
    • Ration Card, Passport, Driving License, Income Tax Return filed or Assessment Order
    • Latest Telephone, Water, Gas Connection, Electricity Bill for that address, either in the name of the applicant or that of an immediate relation like parents.
    • Bank, Post Office, Kisan current Pass Book
    • Postal department’s posts received and delivered in the applicant’s name at the given address.

How to get corrections/changes made to Voter Id cards Offline

Corrections to the Voter ID can be made through traditional methods by visiting the designated locations or the ERO office.

Correction/updating Using form 8

Every year, there is a revision of electoral rolls held. During this time, applicants can either download Form 8 from the CEO website or procure it at the designated locations. The application can be made at these designated locations where the draft electoral roll is displayed. This will usually be the polling station. Applicants can also submit their forms at the Electoral Registration Officer and Assistant Electoral Registration Officer of the constituency.

At any other time during the year, when the revision is not being held, the applicant must submit Form 8 to the Electoral Registration Officer.

Changing constituency using form 8A

If you have shifted your place of residence, it is important to get your name shifted out of the electoral roll of your previous constituency and moved to the new constituency. You must take care to make sure that your name is deleted in the old roll as it is illegal to be registered in two different constituencies.

  • The Election Commission holds revisions for the electoral roll to be updated. Applicants who wish to transpose their name to another constituency can apply during this time by submitting Form 8A at designated locations where the draft electoral roll is displayed. This will usually be the polling station. Applicants can also submit their forms at the Electoral Registration Officer and Assistant Electoral Registration Officer of the new constituency.
  • During the rest of the year, when revisions are not being held, the applicant must submit Form 8 to the Electoral Registration Officer.

FAQs on Voter ID Hyderabad

  1. Do I have to provide my contact details for Voter ID registration?

    It is not mandatory to provide any contact details, but if you do submit your mobile number and email ID, the Electoral Registration Office will be able to communicate with you in the future.

  2. How to apply for a Color Voter ID card in Hyderabad?

    Applicants can apply for a color voter ID at Mee Seva Centers. A list of these centers are available online in PDF format on Telangana CEO website. The charges for this card is Rs.25.

  3. Can a homeless person in Hyderabad get a Voter ID?

    Yes, a homeless person is a citizen of India as well and is eligible to get a Voter ID provided they are above the age of 18. They can provide the location at which they sleep, and the BLO will visit the address on more than one night to verify the information. No other proof of residence will be required.

  4. Does everyone need to submit proof of age?

    Proof of age is not required for everyone. For those between the age of 18 and 21 years, supporting documentation is required to ensure they are eligible to apply for a Voter ID card. For others, declaration of their age will suffice.

  5. What should I do if someone has already cast a vote in my name?

    In this case, you must bring it to the notice of the presiding office immediately. You will be allowed to cast your vote as a Tendered Vote. This is the same as a regular vote on a ballot paper except that your ballot paper will be stamped with the words “Tendered Ballot Paper”. You will be required to sign your name on a list of tendered votes. You will not be able to cast your vote on the EVM.   

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